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Muir College Writing Program

About the Writing Program

The Muir College Writing Program is a sequence of courses in critical thinking and the writing of analytical prose. During these courses, students must advance beyond the basic competency expected at entrance to understand and write discourse acceptable at the university level. Even when faced with challenging topics, students must demonstrate the ability to comprehend texts at more than a cursory level; their writing must exhibit focused theses, systematic methods of analysis and argumentation, awareness of the needs of their audience, strong organization and development, clear presentation of ideas, appropriate syntax and diction, and needless to say, correct grammar and usage.

To achieve these ends, the courses focus on principles of analysis and reasoned argumentation. Through close reading of texts, students learn both to identify underlying issues, assumptions, and values, and to identify rhetorical strategies by which these are conveyed or revealed. Students also learn to monitor and adapt their own writing processes. Because the ability to evaluate one's own writing and carry out appropriate revision strategies is particularly crucial to effective writing, all students are required to revise their papers several times. Attention is devoted to developing skill in evaluation and revision in discussion sections and in individual conferences with instructors. Sections of MCWP 50 and 125 vary in theme and content, giving students the opportunity to write in areas that interest them or that may be relevant to their major fields. (Descriptions of the MCWP 50 and 125 sections are available each quarter on the website or on the bulletin board outside the Muir Writing Program office.)

Incoming freshmen are required to take both MCWP 40 and MCWP 50 for a letter grade within their first two years of attendance at UCSD. TAG and IGETC certified transfer students are required to take either MCWP 50 or MCWP 125. Other transfers must take MCWP 40 and 50 within their first three quarters at UCSD. (Completion of these satisfies the Muir College writing requirement.)

MCWP 40 Book Selection

Spring 2013-Winter 2014

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, MCWP 40 novel

MCWP 40 Book Selection

Spring 2014-Winter 2015

Balance of Fragile Things

Muir Writing Staff
Carrie Wastal, Director
Marion E. Wilson, Assistant Director
Helen Mout, Program Representative
Veronica Lin, Student Assistant
Vivian Sun, Student Assistant
Christina Chu, Student Assistant
Karina Demirchyan, Student Assistant 

Office & Contact Info

Humanities & Social Sciences 2346
Mon-Th, 9am-noon & 1-3:30pm Fri, 9am-noon & 1-3pm 
Phone 858-534-2522
Fax 858-534-3219

E-mail:
muwritehelp@ucsd.edu 

Drop Box

A black drop box is available outside of the office for your convenience when the office is closed.