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University Writing Requirement

Written work is an important part of the curriculum because writing offers students the opportunity to think deeply and searchingly about their subjects and because skill in written expression is crucial to the welfare of both individuals and society. Montclair State's policy regarding written work includes the following requirements and provisions:

1. The document “Standards for Formal Written Work,” which is published in this catalog, outlines in a general way Montclair State’s expectations concerning the content, organization, and format of written assignments. These provisions may be supplemented by departmental writing policy statements or by those of individual instructors.

2. As part of the General Education Requirement, each student must satisfy the communication requirement in writing, usually by taking College Writing I: Intellectual Prose and College Writing II: Writing and Literary Study.

3. Writing is an important part of course requirements throughout the institution (minimum: 2,000 words per course). This work may take such forms as essay examinations, research papers, laboratory reports, critical essays, and so forth.

4. All students must satisfy a graduation requirement in writing. Each department must evaluate the writing ability of its majors by means of a required course with substantial writing assignments (4000-6000 words of formal prose), opportunities for revision, instruction for writing in the discipline, and instructor feedback on rough and final drafts of student writing. This course should be taken in the junior year. Students with serious writing problems will be identified early in the semester, referred to the Writing Center and/or provided with individual tutoring by the instructor. Instructors will not pass students who do not demonstrate university level writing competence and students may not graduate until they have passed the course. Students should consult their academic advisor or major department chairperson regarding this course and other aspects of the department’s writing policy. See list.

5. The Writing Center (Dickson Hall, Room 285, 973-655-7442) is available to all MSU students who are committed to developing themselves as writers. Whether students are encouraged to attend the Writing Center by an instructor, or choose it on their own, students will be provided with a tutor for weekly meetings. Writing Center tutors' abilities to give concrete, encouraging, and regular feedback will enable writers to improve their capacity to develop and express complex ideas meaningfully and clearly. There is no charge for this service.

Courses Satisfying the Graduation Requirement in Writing are listed under each of the undergraduate majors and concentrations:
ACSC            Aquatic and Coastal Sciences major            B.S.
            AQUA            490            Senior Seminar
ANTH            Anthropology major            B.A.
            ANTH            102            Anthropological Linguistics
ANED            Anthropology (Teacher Education)            B.A.
            ANTH            102            Anthropological Linguistics
ANEL            Anthropology/Elementary School Teacher
            Certification            B.A.
            ANTH            102            Anthropological Linguistics
ANIL            Animation and Illustration major            B.F.A.
            ARHS            105            Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
ATTR            Athletic Training major            B.S.
            ATTR            211 Assessment of Athletic Injuries I-Lower Body
BICM            Biochemistry major            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BCDP            Biochemistry major (Doctor of Pharmacy)            B.S.
            Required to take the equivalent of CHEM 495 The Chemical Literature at Rutgers
BIOL            Biology major            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BIDE            Biology major (Doctor of Dental Medicine)            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BIME            Biology major (Doctor of Medicine)            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BDPH            Biology major (Doctor of Pharmacy)            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BDPT            Biology major (Doctor of Physical Therapy)                        B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BIED            Biology major (Teacher Education)                        B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BIES            Biology major, Environmental Science concentration            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BIBM            Biology major (Combined B.S./M.S. Program)            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
BMPA            Biology major (Master of Physician Assistant            B.S.
BRCA            Broadcasting major            B.A.
            BDCS            140            Writing for the Broadcasting Media
BAAC            Business Administration major,
            Accounting concentration            B.S.
            ACCT            304            Contemporary Issues in Intermediate Accounting
BAEC            Business Administration major, Economics concentration            B.S.
            ECON            438            Advanced Seminar in Economics
BAFN            Business Administration major, Finance concentration              B.S.
            FINC            490            Seminar in Finance
BAHM            Business Administration major, Hospitality concentration            B.S.
            HOSP            490            Entrepreneurship in Hospitality
BAIB            Business Administration major, International Business concentration            B.S.
            INBS            484            Senior Seminar in International Business
BALT            Business Administration major,
            Leisure Industries and Tourism
            LITM            401            Leisure and Tourism Analysis
BAMG            Business Administration major, Management concentration            B.S.
            MGMT            316            Human Resource Management
BAMI            Business Administration major, Management Information Systems concentration            B.S.
            INFO            320            Administrative Business Communications
BAMK            Business Administration major, Marketing concentration            B.S.
            MKTG            442            Marketing Research
BAOM            Business Administration major, Operations Management concentration            B.S.
            INFO            320            Administrative Business Communications
BARM            Business Administration major, Retail Merchandising and Management concentration            B.S.                        MKTG            483            Seminar in Retail Management
CHEM            Chemistry major            B.S.
            CHEM            343            Experimental Physical Chemistry
            CHEM            495            The Chemical Literature
CHED            Chemistry major (Teacher Education)            B.S.
            CHEM            343            Experimental Physical Chemistry
            CHEM            495            The Chemical Literature
CHPS            Chemistry major, (Teacher Education-Physical Science)            B.S.
            CHEM            343            Experimental Physical Chemistry
            CHEM            495            The Chemical Literature
CHBM            Chemistry major (Combined B.S./M.S. Program)            B.S.
            CHEM            343            Experimental Physical Chemistry
            CHEM            495            The Chemical Literature
CLAS            Classics major            B.A.
            GNHU            281            Greek Civilization
CSSC            Communication Studies major,
            Speech Communication concentration            B.A.
            SPCM            301            Seminar in Communication Research
            SPCM            374            Group Processes
            SPCM            388            Seminar in Public Relations
CSOC            Communication Studies major, Organizational Communication concentration            B.A.
            SPCM            301            Seminar in Communication Research
            SPCM            374            Group Processes
            SPCM            388            Seminar in Public Relations
CSPR            Communication Studies major, Public Relations concentration            B.A.
            SPCM            301            Seminar in Communication Research
            SPCM            388            Seminar in Public Relations
CPSC            Computer Science major            B.S.
            CMPT            287            Data Structures, File Structures, and Algorithms
CPIN            Computer Science major, Informatics concentration            B.S.
            CMPT            287            Data Structures, File Structures, and Algorithms           
CPPC            Computer Science major, Professional Computing concentration             B.S.
            CMPT            287            Data Structures, File Structures, and Algorithms
DAMT            Dance major, Musical Theatre concentration            B.F.A.
            DNCE            316            Dance History: 1850 to Present
DANC            Dance major            B.F.A.
            DNCE            315            Dance History: Primitive to 1850
            DNCE            316            Dance History: 1850 to Present
DAED            Dance major (Teacher Education)            B.A.
            DNCE            315            Dance History: Primitive to 1850
            DNCE            316            Dance History: 1850 to Present
ECON            Economics major            B.A.
            ECON            438            Advanced Seminar in Economics
ECOE            Economics major (Teacher Education, Social Studies)             B.A.
            ECON            438            Advanced Seminar in Economics
ECBE            Economics major,
            Business Economics concentration            B.A.
            ECON            438            Advanced Seminar in Economics
ENGL            English major            B.A.
            ENGL            200            The Pursuits of English
ENED/            English major (Teacher Education)            B.A.
ENEL            ENGL            200            The Pursuits of English
ENCW            English major, Creative Writing concentration             B.A.
            ENGL            200            The Pursuits of English
FCCL            Family and Child Studies major,
            Child Life Specialist concentration            B.A.
            FCST            248            Family Development over the Life Course
FCEC            Family and Child Studies major, Early Childhood Concentration            B.A
            FCST            248            Family Development over the Life Course
FCEM            Family and Child Studies major, Early and Middle Childhood concentration            B.A.
            FCST            248            Family Development over the Life Course
FCFS            Family and Child Studies major, Family Services concentration            B.A.
            FCST            248            Family Development over the Life Course
FCGR            Family and Child Studies major, Gerontology concentration            B.A.
            FCST            248            Family Development over the Life Course
FASH            Fashion Studies major            B.A.
            ARHS            105            Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
            ARHS            106            Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern
FAED            Fine Arts major, Fine Arts Education concentration            B.A.
            ARHS            105            Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
            ARHS            106            Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern
FAST            Fine Arts major, Studio concentration            B.A.
            ARHS            105            Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
            ARHS            106            Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern
FASF            Fine Arts/Studio major            B.F.A.
            ARHS            105            Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
            ARHS            106            Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern
FASI            Fine Arts/Studio major, Industrial Design Concentration            B.F.A.
            ARHS            105            Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
            ARHS            106            Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern
FLMK            Filmmaking major             B.F.A.
            ARHS            105            Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
            ARHS            106            Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern
FRED            French major (Teacher Education)            B.A.

FRCV            French major, French Civilization concentration            B.A.
            FREN            350            Translation I
            FREN            351            Translation II
            FREN            452            Translation III
FRTR            French major, Translation concentration             B.A.
            FREN            350            Translation I
            FREN            351            Translation II
            FREN            452            Translation III
GHUM            General Humanities major                        B.A.
            GNHU            201            General Humanities I (to 1400)
            GNHU            202            General Humanities II (from 1400)
GHEL            General Humanities major, Elementary School Teacher Certification            B.A.
            GNHU            201            General Humanities I (to 1400)
            GNHU            202            General Humanities II (from 1400)
GEOG            Geography major                        B.A.
            EUGS            309            Research Methods
            EUGS            310            Quantitative Methods in Geography and Urban Studies
            GEOS            457            Meteorology
GEEN            Geography major, Environmental Studies concentration             B.A.
            EUGS            309            Research Methods
            EUGS            310            Quantitative Methods in Geography and Urban Studies
            GEOS            457            Meteorology
GGED            Geography major, Social Studies Teacher Certification            B.A.
            EUGS            309            Research Methods
GEUR            Geography major, Urban Studies concentration             B.A.
            EUGS            309            Research Methods
GEOS            Geoscience major                        B.S.
            GEOS            434            Stratigraphy
            GEOS            444            Petrology
            GEOS            457            Meteorology
GEES            Geoscience major, Environmental Science concentration            B.S.
            GEOS            434            Stratigraphy
            GEOS            444            Petrology
GOED            Geoscience major, Earth Science Teacher Certification            B.S.
            GEOS            434            Stratigraphy
            GEOS            444            Petrology
GRDN            Graphic Design major            B.F.A.
            ARHS            105            Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
HLED            Health Education major            B.S.
            HLTH            330            Foundations of Health Education
HLPH            Health Education major, Public Health Services concentration             B.S.
            HLTH            330            Foundations of Health Education
HIST            History major            B.A.
            HIST            100            The Study of History
HIED/            History major (Teacher Education)            B.A.
HIEL            HIST            100            The Study of History
INFT            Information Technology major            B.S.
            CMPT 320 Intranet and Internet Security
ITAL            Italian major            B.A.
            ITAL            243            Italian Grammar and Composition II
ITTE            Italian (Teacher Education)            B.A.
            ITAL            243            Italian Grammar and Composition II
JURI            Jurisprudence            B.A.
            JURI            324            Legal Reasoning
            LSLW            362            Legal Writing
            PHIL            324            Legal Reasoning
JUJS            Justice Studies major, Justice Systems concentration            B.A.
            JUST            200            Perspectives on Justice Studies I
JUPS            Justice Studies major, Paralegal Studies concentration            B.A.
            JUST            200            Perspectives on Justice Studies I
LATN            Latin major            B.A.
            LATN            201            Latin Literature of the Republic
            LATN            202            Latin Literature of the Golden Age
            LATN            203            Latin Literature of the Silver Age
            LATN            204            Latin Literature of the Middle Ages
LATE            Latin major (Teacher Education)            B.A.
            LATN            201            Latin Literature of the Republic
            LATN            202            Latin Literature of the Golden Age
            LATN            203            Latin Literature of the Silver Age
            LATN            204            Latin Literature of the Middle Ages
LIED            Linguistics major (Teacher Education)            B.A.
            LNGN            300            Syntax
LING            Linguistics major                        B.A.
            LNGN            300            Syntax
MATH            Mathematics major            B.S.
            MATH            335            Linear Algebra
MTED            Mathematics major (Teacher Education)            B.S.
            MATH            335            Linear Algebra
MADA            Mathematics major, Discrete Applied Mathematics concentration             B.S.
            MATH            335            Linear Algebra
MAFI            Mathematics major, Mathematics of Finance concentration            B.S.
            MATH            335            Linear Algebra
MSTA            Mathematics major, Statistics concentration            B.S.
            MATH            335            Linear Algebra
MOBI            Molecular Biology major            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
MBDP            Molecular Biology major (Doctor of Pharmacy)            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
MBME            Molecular Biology major (Doctor of Medicine)            B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
MMTH            Music major, Musical Theatre concentration                        B.Mus.
            DNCE            316            Dance History: 1850 to Present
            THTR            211            Theatre History: Restoration to Modern
MUEG            Music major, Music Education concentration (Guitar)                        B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MUEI            Music major, Music Education concentration (Instrumental)            B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MUEK            Music major, Music Education concentration (Keyboard)            B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MUEV            Music major, Music Education concentration (Voice)            B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MUIN            Music major, Performance concentration (Instrumental)             B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MUJZ            Music major, Jazz Studies concentration            B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MUKB            Music major, Performance concentration (Keyboard)             B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MUVO            Music major, Performance concentration (Voice)             B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MUTC            Music major, Theory/Composition concentration            B.Mus.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MTGU            Music Therapy major (Guitar)            B.A.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MTKB            Music Therapy major (Keyboard)            B.A.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MTSB            Music Therapy major (Instrumental)            B.A.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
MTVO            Music Therapy major (Voice)            B.A.
            MUHS            307            Music History I
NUFD            Nutrition and Food Science major,            Dietetics concentration            B.S.
            NUFD            255            Meal and Design Management
NUFG            Nutrition and Food Science major,            General concentration            B.S.
            NUFD            255            Meal and Design Management
NUFM            Nutrition and Food Science major,            Food Management concentration            B.S.
            NUFD            255            Meal and Design Management
PHIL            Philosophy major                        B.A.
            PHIL            331            History of Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy
            PHIL            333            History of Philosophy: Modern Philosophy
PHED            Physical Education major            B.S.
            HPEM            199            Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education
            HPEM            352            Development and Philosophy of Health and Physical Education
PEAF            Physical Education major,             Adult Fitness concentration            B.S.
            HPEM            199            Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education
            HPEM            352            Development and Philosophy of Health and Physical Education
PHYS            Physics major            B.S.
            PHYS            280            Astronomy
            PHYS            310            Advanced Mechanics
            PHYS            350            Optics
            PHYS            462            Nuclear Physics
PHAS            Physics major, Astronomy concentration            B.S.
            PHYS            280            Astronomy
            PHYS            350            Optics
PHPS            Physics major (Teacher Education-Physical Science)            B.S.
            PHYS            350            Optics
PHYE            Physics major (Teacher Education-Physics)            B.S.
            PHYS            350            Optics
POED            Political Science major (Teacher Education-Social Studies)            B.A.
            POLS            201            Comparative Politics
POLS            Political Science major            B.A.
            POLS            201            Comparative Politics
PSED            Psychology major (Teacher Education)            B.A.
            PSYC            301            Experimental Psychology
            PCOM            387            Methods in Evaluation Research
PSEL            Psychology major (Elementary Education)            B.A.
            PSYC            301            Experimental Psychology
            PCOM            387            Methods in Evaluation Research
PSYC            Psychology major            B.A.
            PSYC            301            Experimental Psychology
            PCOM            387            Methods in Evaluation Research
RELS            Religious Studies major            B.A.
            RELG            267            Women and Religion
SIBC            Science Informatics major,
            Biochemistry concentration             B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
            CMPT            287            Data Structures, File Structures and Algorithms
SICS            Science Informatics major,
            Computer Science concentration             B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
            CMPT            287            Data Structures, File Structures and Algorithms
SIMB            Science Informatics major,
            Molecular Biology concentration             B.S.
            BIOL            380            Genetics
            CMPT            287            Data Structures, File Structures and Algorithms
SOCI            Sociology major            B.A.
            SOCI            201            Foundations of Sociological Inquiry
SOED            Sociology major (Teacher Education, P-12)            B.A.
            SOCI            201            Foundations of Sociological Inquiry
SOEL            Sociology major (Teacher Education-P-5)            B.A.
            SOCI            201            Foundations of Sociological Inquiry
SPAN            Spanish major            B.A.
            SPAN            242            Spanish Composition and Stylistics
            SPAN            350            Translating I
            SPAN            351            Translating II
            SPAN            422            Practicum in Translating
SPTE            Spanish major (Teacher Education, P-12)            B.A.
            SPAN            242            Spanish Composition and Stylistics
SPEL            Spanish major (Teacher Education, P-5)            B.A.
            SPAN            242            Spanish Composition and Stylistics
SPTR            Spanish major,  Translation concentration             B.A.
            SPAN            242            Spanish Composition and Stylistics
            SPAN            350            Translating I
            SPAN            351            Translating II
THAC            Theatre major,  Acting concentration            B.F.A.
            THTR            208            Play Script Interpretation
            THTR            210            Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan
            THTR            211            Theatre History: Restoration to Modern
THMT            Theatre major, Musical Theatre concentration            B.F.A.
            THTR            208            Play Script Interpretation
            THTR            210            Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan
            THTR            211            Theatre History: Restoration to Modern
THPD            Theatre major, Production/Design concentration            B.F.A.
            THTR            208            Play Script Interpretation
            THTR            210            Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan
            THTR            211            Theatre History: Restoration to Modern
THST            Theatre Studies major            B.A.
            THTR            208            Play Script Interpretation
            THTR            210            Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan
            THTR            211            Theatre History: Restoration to Modern
WMGS            Women’s and Gener Studies major            B.A.
            WMST            402            Seminar in Women's Studies