The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Writing (Student)
Writing Handbook, Writing Center, SACC, Bernard L. Schwartz Institute, CUNY WriteSite

This page last updated on 8/4/10

Students who enter Baruch College as freshmen complete two semesters of basic writing courses (ENG 2100 and 2150) and a literature course that emphasizes writing. (Transfer students have similar requirements.) In addition, over the course of their careers at the college, undergraduates take several CIC (communication intensive) courses, including a CIC capstone in their minor. (All students except Accounting majors must complete a minor in a liberal arts discipline.)

The Writing Handbook

All students taking ENG 2100 purchase copies of a writing handbook. Beginning in Fall 2007, the handbook is Fowler and Aaron, The Little, Brown Handbook. Undergraduates who entered Baruch as freshmen starting in Fall 2002 should have copies of Ann Raimes, Keys for Writers. Faculty members teaching freshman courses (in any discipline) may receive desk copies of this handbook and are encouraged to explore ways of using it in their classes. Questions regarding the use of the handbook should be directed to either Prof. Frank Cioffi, the English Department's Writing Director, or Keri Bertino, Director of the Writing Center.

All members of the faculty can encourage good writing through assignments that require writing, by providing feedback on those assignments, and by asking students to revise them. Faculty may direct students to the following resources for writing support:

The Writing Center

The Writing Center supports all undergraduates attending Baruch College. Writing Center consultants are academic professionals with strong teaching, composition, and ESL experience. The Writing Center provides one-to-one sessions (in person and online) and various workshops on the writing process, research, and grammar. Students can schedule appointments and sign up for workshops from the Writing Center’s website or by going to the Writing Center during its open hours. Please see this link for some Myths and Facts about the Writing Center.

Location: Newman Vertical Campus, Room 8-185

SACC (Student Academic Consulting Center)
SACC provides peer tutoring on a drop-in and scheduled basis.

Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute

The Institute administers communication intensive courses (CICs) and provides help to students taking CICs through the Writing Fellows affiliated with each such course.

Location: 137 East 25th Street, 3rd floor

The CUNY WriteSite

From the WriteSite's Introduction: "The WriteSite is an Online Writing Lab, or OWL—a collection of writing resources and a way of interacting with other CUNY writers through the Internet. It complements face-to-face resources, like your campus Writing Center, and it's always open. You could call it a 'night OWL,' or a 'weekend OWL,' because it's always here, ready to help you ... We offer online instructional support in grammar and style, help with each stage of the writing process, and hints for how to handle various kinds of writing, throughout the disciplines. We provide interactive practice exercises and discussion of issues connected with writing. We also have links to your campus writing resources and resources on the World Wide Web to help you develop assignments and work on your writing."