General Studies Writing Program
GSW 1100, a five-hour course designed to provide students with intensive writing instruction and practice, introduces students to various conventions which are important in academic writing. The curriculum of GSW 1100 is similar to that of GSW 1110: in both courses students are introduced to the important skills entailed in prewriting, drafting, and revising, as they write papers that argue a position, papers that persuade, and papers that evaluate a written text. In GSW 1100, however, classes meet more often and class size is somewhat smaller to allow for a greater degree of personal assistance from the instructor.
As students work on their various 1100-level assignments, they are introduced to the following:
- choosing and narrowing topics
- navigating BGSU's libraries
- selecting and evaluating appropriate sources
- writing to a variety of audiences
- considering the role visual rhetoric and other technologies should play in their papers
- writing several necessary drafts to arrive at a polished, coherent final draft
- citing sources appropriately
- using acceptable documentation format
Upon passing GSW 1100, students are eligible to enroll in GSW 1120; students who do not pass GSW 1100 are required to enroll in GSW 1110.
Questions regarding GSW 1100 may be directed to the General Studies Writing Office at 419/372-7885.