COLL501 Analytical Writing for Graduate Students (3 semester hours)

The intent of this course is to encourage and foster the graduate student’s analytical thinking and written communication skills. Students will learn advanced analytical techniques and communication strategies that professors at the graduate level across all academic areas expect them to know. Exposed to challenging ideas and potentially new strategies in examining a variety of topics, students will be expected to focus upon critical thinking principles and theories within those topics and then respond to assignments that require them to produce critical essays and a course project. Students will hone their reasoning skills through engagement in the forums and sharpen their writing skills through multiple drafts of papers with substantial feedback from their peers and their instructor. The culmination of the course will be a project that demonstrates the student’s growth as a thinker and as a writer.