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Writing and Intellectual Traditions I & II


cla.clawThe Writing and Intellectual Traditions core sequence is designed to provide students with skills in composition and rhetoric while cultivating each student's understanding of the meaning and value of a Christian liberal arts education through the study of ideas, themes, and texts that have influenced Western culture. In Writing and Intellectual Traditions I, students explore works and culture from ancient Greece through the Reformation. Emphasis on careful reading, effective writing, critical thinking, and ethical awareness surround each topic of study.


Writing and Intellectual Traditions II is a continuation of Writing and Intellectual Traditions I. While dedicated to the same fundamental objectives and emphases as its counterpart,
Writing and Intellectual Traditions II builds on the experiences of the first semester through a study of more modern works and themes, including inquiries into the Reformation, the Renaissance, Romanticism, nationalism, the civil rights movement, and postmodernism. The writing component of Writing and Intellectual Traditions II is centered on each student's cultivation of skills related to research writing and argumentation.


Supplemental assignments and activities outside of the traditional classroom are required for both courses.