Writing Program

It’s hard to overstate the importance of clear and persuasive writing — either within the university or in your life outside of school. Nearly all your college courses will require you to write papers or reports. Likewise, in our information-driven age, you will be asked to participate in the digital flow of texts as producers and consumers of mediated messages; in other words, ultimately, as engaged and thoughtful readers and writers. Clarity of thought and expression — and your ability to conceptualize and communicate complex ideas with a keen sense of audience — lie at the heart of learning to write well.

In keeping with the ethos of a liberal arts education, the Writing Program offers courses that introduce first-year students to the fundamentals of academic argument and intellectual inquiry. These are offered in tandem with one-on-one tutorials and with consultations in the Writing Center.

This is one of the most rewarding classes I have taken, and I know the skills I'm acquiring through it (critical and independent thinking, useful discussion methods and structures of essays) are already helping me so much.

Josefina Dumay Neder, Class of 2019, on Analysis and Expression: Taste, Culture, and the Self

Our Curriculum

Courses offered by the NYUAD Writing Program are opportunities to concentrate intensely on the process of writing. The development of strong writing skills throughout a student’s academic career is an important objective of an NYUAD education. The NYUAD Writing Program, like other writing programs in the GNU, takes it as a given that writing is not merely a useful skill but also a way of learning and knowing. We champion an integrated understanding of writing as a mode of inquiry and invention; as a means of communicating the results of that inquiry; and as a social and recursive activity.

Designed to meet the needs of each individual student through a blend of writing courses, tutorials, and one-on-one and consultations in the Writing Center, the Writing Program seeks to cultivate a robust culture of writing at NYUAD — from freshmen to seniors, and for students across all of the divisions.

Co-Curricular Initiatives

The NYUAD Writing Program is comprised of a series of inter-linked academic components and initiatives. These include: writing program curriculum development; assessment; writing across the curriculum; inter-disciplinary university community service; the Summer Scholars Program, and the NYUAD Writing Partners Program. The Writing Program also oversees the Writing Center.