Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Learning Aims

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(Effective August 2007)

We in the Department of Writing celebrate writing's integral role in the tradition of Jesuit education. Our curriculum frames the spectrum of writing from literary to professional with the aim to help students understand the demands of each genre as a rhetorical act (a form of communication).

We believe that whatever the form and whatever the use, writing is the discovery and expression of an individual's thought--about the self and about the world. We are mindful that "thought" involves the whole person, that it is grounded in perception constructed by emotion as well as intellect. Students of writing learn to distinguish the difference between these two influences and use the strengths of each to write persuasively and powerfully.

Ultimately, the study of writing is the study of the self in the world and, more specifically, the study of how you represent yourself through writing and a study in how to engage in the world. Through the systematic study of the writer's art and craft, you will develop particular habits of mind, practices, and civic responsibilities that will serve you well no matter what field of study you pursue or what professional goals you seek.

Learning Aims

In our courses, you will read widely across genres, cultures, disciplines and media

  • to develop knowledge of the world beyond the self
  • to develop a language of cultivated response
  • to discern rhetorical and stylistic strategies that best suit particular arguments, situations, and audiences
  • to develop an appreciation of language

In order to produce finished, polished texts that show competence in the standards of English usage and style, you will:

  • write widely across genres and for a variety of purposes, showing an ability to adjust your style appropriately to audience and situation
  • develop a distinctive voice with original ideas through frequent practice
  • situate yourself in a larger intellectual conversation in developing and researching your ideas,
  • write multiple drafts of extended works in order to extend the rhetorical strategies you began in Effective Writing (see section "Writing in the First Year" as well as sections in Hacker portion such as "Composing/Style")
  • develop an ability to critique other's writing constructively and to use the same to effectively work collaboratively through frequent group exercise (workshops) and conferences
  • learn to use technology to the best advantage of your writing through daily exposure, understanding both the various forms of media and their rhetorical effects