For first-year students, the Institute offers First-Year Writing Seminars (FWS) in one of the country's largest and most diverse programs in writing in the disciplines: each semester, over 100 different courses are taught in more than 30 departments and programs located in the humanities, social sciences, expressive arts, and sciences. Through introductory work in each seminar's particular field of study, students learn to write in a range of genres and in ways that emphasize clarity, coherence, intellectual force, and stylistic control.

Featured Course

New addition to Sp18 FWS Ballot:

Writing Across Cultures: Science Fiction; TR 10:10-11:25 a.m.; Class # 17643

Science fiction, as Fredric Jameson said, “is the only kind of literature that can reach back and colonize the real world.” Through literature, films, and new media, this course explores the unique ways in which science fiction mediates our relationship with the world and shapes our awareness of the present. As our contemporary reality is inherently global, we will discuss and write about Anglo-American texts ranging from Frankenstein to Avatar and The Hunger Games alongside science fiction from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Students will write and maintain a group blog with individual contributions and collective interactions.