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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

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

This page last updated on 3/6/17

Students who enter Baruch College as first-year students complete two semesters of writing courses (ENG 2100 and 2150) and a literature course that emphasizes writing. Transfer students have similar requirements.*

English Language Learner (ELL) students take specialized versions of ENG 2100 and 2150 (ENG 2100T and 2150T) that meet for six hours per week vs. four and have smaller class sizes. The ELL Director in the Department of English is Prof. Gerard Dalgish. ELL students who do not make a 56 on the CATW (CUNY Assessment Test in Writing) take a special version of ENG 2100T combined with ENG 0153, for a total of 9 hours of class time per week. 

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.**

* Students who have had previous college writing courses that did not transfer are eligible, at the Writing Director's discretion, to take an exemption exam administered in the English Department.  The hour-long essay examination costs $25, payable to the Bursar.  If the student wishes to take exemption exams for both 2100 and 2150, the cost is $35.  The student taking these exams can fail, be exempt, or be exempt with credit awarded.  Two, sometimes three, professors evaluate each exam. No re-takes are allowed.

**  Students who entered Baruch before fall 2013 (except Accounting majors) complete a minor in a liberal arts discipline. Under Pathways (fall 2013 and following) most students will complete a liberal arts minor as part of their college option.

The Writing Center
The Writing Center offers free support to all Baruch students. Our professional consultants—teachers of college writing and writers themselves—work collaboratively with you to deepen your writing and English language skills. At any step in the process, we’ll help you become a more independent, confident, and versatile writer.

No matter what you’re working on—Great Works essays, executive summaries, business plans, lab reports, case analyses, resumes and cover letters, PowerPoint presentations, Master’s theses, or personal writing—we provide invested, attentive readers who will recognize your strengths and teach you specific strategies to improve your writing.

The Writing Center offers 50-minute face-to-face consultations, 25-minute walk-in sessions (at our location at the Newman Library), online chat sessions, written feedback, peer review sessions, and over 25 workshops. 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: Monday-Thursday, 9AM-8PM; Friday, 9AM-3PM, and Saturday, 10AM-4PM.

  • Location: Newman Vertical Campus, Room 8-185
  • Acting Director: Diana Hamilton
  • Telephone: 646-312-4012



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.

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."