The Writing Center offers several courses to help students improve their writing and presenting skills. These courses are graded, but do not count toward your degree, and are offered at a discounted rate.
To enroll in one of the Writing Center courses, go to your class registration in the portal and search for the courses' listings under Languages for Graduate Study. International students might be automatically enrolled in the Foundations course and the Writing course their first semester based on their TOEFL scores. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundations in Graduate Writing and Presenting Course introduces students to fundamentals of academic writing structure, topic analysis, basic research and use of library resources, crafting a strong thesis, reading and note-taking, paraphrasing, summary, critique, and data commentary. The course also focuses on oral skills in American academic settings such as listening and note-taking, class participation, group discussion, debate, and presentation.
The Graduate Writing Course is open to all students, international and American, and prepares you for success in PhD level courses. The Graduate Writing Course leads you in a semester long research paper or project integrating the critical skills for research, information management, writing, and presenting in your own discipline. The course guides you through topic analysis, creating annotated bibliographies, positioning a thesis in relation to research in the field, using research databases and working with library subject specialists, managing sources and using citation management software, documentation styles, developing a sustained argument, planning and developing a typical research paper, revision strategies, as well as formal presentation skills.
These courses are specifically designed to help students pass language exams that are administrated by the schools and departments within CGU, but any student may take the courses. These courses are ususally offered during the summer, and do not count toward degree units.