Best Practices in Advanced Writing

The Advanced Writing requirement is successfully fulfilled in a variety of different ways. All courses/course sequences satisfying this requirement should include a syllabus statement that identifies the importance of writing in the course. See a sample statement. Syllabi and daily/weekly calendars for these courses should also let students know where writing instruction and feedback will be happening.

Browse the following examples to see how a few departments have fulfilled the Advanced Writing requirement in innovative ways that exemplify best practices for teaching writing.

Geology and Environmental Earth Science

In Geology and Environmental Earth Science, students use informal writing (like observational notes, data plots, diagrams, etc.) to generate ideas and do the work of science.

International Studies

In International Studies, students learn about important genres in their field by analyzing and then constructing target texts.


In History, students explicitly learn about the specialized conventions that reflect disciplinary values and goals in their field.

View their sample syllabus for HST 206: Introduction to Historical Inquiry.

Political Science

In Political Science, students learn to write in the field by writing across time, in a variety of genres, and with a lot of revision.

View their sample syllabi for POL 221: Introduction to Comparative Politics and for POL 333: Introduction to Western Europe.