The development of strong writing skills throughout a student’s academic career is an important objective of an NYUAD education. This work begins with a semester-long Writing Seminar in the first year, which introduces students to the reading, writing, oral expression, and critical thinking skills essential to a liberal arts education. The First-Year Writing Seminar lays the foundation for the continued practice in university-level thinking and writing that students will experience at NYU Abu Dhabi.
In addition to the First-Year Writing Seminar, students receive extensive writing and communication practice in all Core courses and come to learn that each discipline has its own conventions for advanced writing in their fields. Students complete writing assessments during their Admissions Candidate Weekend that guide initial placement in the program’s courses. These assessments help the Writing Program faculty advise students about how to maximize the impact of the course on their learning.
For instance, students who are identified as needing more time to practice college-level writing are strongly advised to take the Writing Seminar in the fall of their first year. Students identified as being more fully prepared are advised to take their First-Year Writing Seminar the following spring.