Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog 
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog

The Writing Program

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Associate Professor Drake
Assistant Professor Simshaw


The Writing Program seeks to support a strong culture of writing at The Claremont Colleges. Courses emphasize writing as a process that involves creative imagining, drafting, revision, feedback, and then further revision. Writing faculty teach in a number of genres, including the academic essay, rhetoric, creative nonfiction, and professional writing (non-profit writing and journalism), and our Mary Routt Chair of Writing position brings a critically acclaimed writer to campus each spring to teach a workshop in genre of writing. Small seminars create writing communities that extend beyond the classroom in forms such as public readings, student and faculty workshops, writing awards, and the student-edited literary magazine The Scripps College Journal. The Writing Program offers the support and the individual attention necessary for students to express themselves with clarity, grace, and force.

Learning Outcomes of the Writing Program

Department Goals and/or Objectives

Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish

1. Students will develop their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.
2. Students will develop their rhetorical/argumentative knowledge and ability.
3. Students will practice college-level writing and research processes.
4. Students will learn to transfer writing skills across genres and audiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate

SLO1: Students' work critically engages with language and ideas from a variety of texts.
SLO2: Students can define a position in a critical conversation and develop original arguments in ways appropriate to the genre.
SLO3: Students will approach writing as a recursive process, using multiple drafts and relevant resources in developing their own work.
SLO4: Students control mechanics, usage, grammar, and style, implementing voice, tone, and level of formality appropriate for the audience.
SLO5: Students can select, summarize, and analyze appropriate primary and secondary sources and use them to contribute to a critical conversation.



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