The Department of English
First-Year Writing forms an essential core of the general education experience at Baruch College. Since Aristotle, the study of rhetoric—the art and practice of communicating effectively—has been central to education. Building on this rich tradition, courses in First-Year Writing focus on developing writing and reading practices that are vital in twenty-first century globalized environments.
Writing I and II (ENG 2100 and ENG 2150) make up a two-course sequence in the Pathways Required Core. In these courses students develop their ability to read and think critically and to write well in a variety of contexts. One of the most important abilities students develop over the course of their studies is the ability to discern how the way we think is shaped by language and other semiotic codes such as sound and images. These courses will ask students to think critically about the arguments of others and in turn to develop and communicate their own ideas and arguments. In addition to developing critical thinking, reading, and writing abilities, ENG 2100 and 2150 are designed to be a gateway for further writing and research students will do in their other courses at Baruch and beyond.
While the courses will have a guiding theme or focus around which readings are centered, the subject of ENG 2100 and 2150 is writing. Students will read and discuss a wide variety of texts—for example, creative non-fiction pieces, news articles, academic articles, short stories, poetry, films, and writing on social media—with careful attention to the role of rhetorical conventions such as style, tropes, genre, audience and purpose. Studying the writing styles and rhetorical moves of professional, published writers informs students’ approaches to their own development as writers within academic contexts and beyond.