ENGL 105i: Writing in the Disciplines

English 105i is a more specialized variant of the standard English 105 course. Both courses satisfy the Composition and Rhetoric (CR) Foundation requirement, and you are invited to take either course. 

Underlying the course is the premise that members of the different communities have different ways of knowing and that these ways of knowing shape the ways members of the communities write. For example, an anthropologist and an English professor may examine the same text, but their interpretations of the text and their presentations of these interpretations to their peers may differ significantly. Assignments in these courses are coordinated so that students receive intensive training in communication within an academic discipline as they develop fundamental writing skills and practice oral communication. These sections are ideal for students who already have decided on a major. To select the appropriate English 105i course, match your major with one of the broad disciplinary areas below.

Writing in Business: A course designed specifically for students who plan to apply to the Business School. Students will be introduced to a variety of forms that serve specific business functions and will practice styles and formats that communicate information clearly and effectively in different business contexts.

Writing in Health and Medicine:  This course is designed for students interested in the health sciences, including careers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry.  Students will write case studies, proposals, reviews, and reports common in health science fields, with a focus on communicating clearly and persuasively about health topics.

Writing in the Humanities: A course designed specifically for students majoring in fields such as English, history, communication studies, philosophy, music, art, women’s studies, foreign languages, or cultural studies. Students will be introduced to several different disciplines within the humanities and learn their predominant methods of inquiry. Students will practice interpretive and reflective writing tasks that entail culture and its artifacts and will learn the skills and versatility needed to write effectively in the humanities.

Writing in the Law: This course is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in law, politics, or public service. You will study techniques of argumentation, analyze speeches and legal cases, and learn how to harness the persuasive power of language. Assignments are designed to teach effective communication in all academic areas, but they will serve students especially well as they progress to law school.

Writing in the Natural Sciences: In this course, students will write several types of scientific documents common in the natural science disciplines (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.), such as lab reports, journal articles, and grant proposals, along with articles that interpret a scientific issue for the general public. Improving the clarity of their writing will help students throughout their academic careers, whether or not they ultimately enter scientific fields.

Writing in the Social Sciences: A course designed specifically for students majoring in fields such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, or education. Students will be introduced to several different disciplines within the social sciences and study their predominant methods of inquiry. Most disciplines in the social sciences focus on the systematic study of human behavior. Students will learn about methods of research, the types of evidence that are valued, and how to write to communicate effectively in the social sciences.

If you have questions about English 105i or are not sure which area your intended major falls into, please check with advising or contact Dr. Hilary Lithgow, the advisor for English.

Note for returning students: Effective fall 2012, these courses were renumbered as ENGL 105i.