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Writing in the Disciplines and Across the Curriculum

OVERVIEW

Whether you’re teaching a writing course, a writing-intensive course, or just want to integrate more writing into a non-writing course, this page will provide you with resources for incorporating writing into your courses in a variety of academic disciplines.

Also see: Integrating Writing into Your Course for general resources related to incorporating writing into non-writing courses and the information below for resources aimed at helping students develop as writers in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.

GENERAL RESOURCES

Cambridge Applied Linguistics: Genres Across the Disciplines (Cambridge University Press ELT) (Video)
Posted on YouTube June 13, 2012, length: 14 min.
An interview with Professor Hilary Nesi and Dr Sheena Gardner of Coventry University, authors of Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in higher education (Cambridge University Press 2012)

Writing Across the Curriculum Programs (Purdue OWL)
“Provides an introduction to writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines, a list of links to WAC/WID programs, and a selected bibliography for further reading.”

BUSINESS

On Writing in Business and Management (Univ. of Minnesota, Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Economics (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

HUMANITIES

Evaluating Student Writing: Assessment, Feedback and Grades (Univ. of Washington, History TA Website, Prepared by Emily Goodeve and Nicholas Grossenbach)
An annotated bibliography on evaluating student writing compiled by TAs at the University of Washington.

Writing a Thesis and Making an Argument (Univ. of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: History)                     Provides strategies for understanding and developing a thesis.

On Writing in History (for use in syllabi) (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Journalism and Mass Communication (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Music (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Anthropology (UNC at Chapel Hill)
This handout briefly situates anthropology as a discipline of study within the social sciences. It provides an introduction to the kinds of writing that you might encounter in your anthropology courses, describes some of the expectations that your instructors may have, and suggests some ways to approach your assignments. It also includes links to information on citation practices in anthropology and resources for writing anthropological research papers.

On Writing in Geography (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Political Science (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Sociology (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

Writing in Psychology: Scientific and APA Style (Mickey S. Schafer, University of Florida)                                               “This handout highlights common errors in student writing focusing on appropriate tone and word choice for scientific writing in Psychology.”

Writing in Psychology Courses (David Zehr, Writing Across the Curriculum) (PDF)                                                   Discusses the use of writing in various psychology courses.

SCIENCES

Faculty Resources – Writing in Biology (UConn Writing Center)
“Writing for scientific purposes can be challenging and usually requires both discipline-specific study and lots of practice. Here you will find models of scientific writing, suggestions for how to read and review primary literature, and explanations of several conventions of scientific writing.”

On Writing in Biological Sciences (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Engineering (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Mathematics (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Physical Sciences (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing)
Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.