Santa Clara University

Third Writing Course

PURPOSE: This requirement provides students within a variety of discipline-specific contexts additional study of and practice in rhetorical theory, composing processes, and critical thinking, enhancing the reading, writing, and critical thinking abilities students have developed in Composition and Rhetoric I and II. The third writing course also helps develop familiarity with the values, genres, and conventions of a particular discipline.

STUDENT OUTCOMES: The third writing course enables students to understand the concept of rhetorical situations and the connections of purpose, audience, subject, and writer/voice/style; write for a range of audiences; compose in a range of genres; know the main uses, features, and forms of evidence of writing in the field; understand the role of ethics in creating credible, persuasive writing; use writing as a critical thinking tool to comprehend, question, and evaluate; read with an awareness of historical, cultural, and social contexts and with sensitivity to cultural difference; work through multiple drafts, incorporating responses from others, to reach final results; apply the research methodologies and technologies of the field; know the conventions of usage, specialized vocabulary, format, and documentation in the field; and observe the conventions of Edited American English (EAE).

COURSES: One course, preferably after 60 units, from the following list.

ENGINEERING students must take English 182: Introduction to Technical Writing for Engineers or an approved equivalent as their third writing class.

BUSINESS students must take English 179, Practical Business Rhetoric, or 183, Writing for Business as their third writing class.

ARTS AND SCIENCES students may choose a course from the following list of offerings.

Art History

100 Art History Proseminar


75 The Classical World in Cinema
181 Classical Tragedy
182 Classical Comedy


130 Writing for Television
130B Screenwriting
141 Advanced News Reporting and Writing


20 Introduction to Literary Study
30 Studies in American Literature
54 Shakespeare
73 Life Writing
76 Rhetoric for Professional Communicators
77 Writing in Electronic Environments
79 Composition and Literature
79W Composition and Literature
128 Reading and Writing Nonfiction
145 Milton
164 Themes in Comparative Literature: Myth in Women’s Writings
174 Advanced Nonfiction Writing: Special Topics
175 Magazine Writing
176 Advanced Writing Review
177 Argumentation
178 Technical Writing
179 Business Writing
180 Writing for Teachers
181 Writing for Publication
182 Introduction to Technical Writing for Engineers (does not satisfy third writing require ment for arts and sciences and business students)
183 Writing for Business
184A Third Writing in Durham: Travel Writing
185 Special Topics: Modern Arabic Literature
197 Practicum in Tutoring Composition

Environmental Studies

142 Nonfiction Writing: Writing about Nature and the Environment in Trinidad and Tobago


101 Historical Writing


100 Introduction to Writing in the Mathematical Sciences

Performance Studies

76 Writing About Music


102 Writing in Psychology

Religious Studies

RSOC 164 Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in America
RSOC 179 Magic, Science, and Religion
RSOC 180 Religion in the Theories of Freud and Jung
RSOC 187 Ethical Issues in Asian Religions
SCTR 100 Biblical Poetry and Ancient Mythology Seminar
SCTR 101 Reading the Bible Today
SCTR 158R Post-Colonial Perspectives on the New Testament
SCTR 165R Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation


121 Research Practicum

Theatre and Dance

170 Play Writing

The quarterly Schedule of Classes provides a comprehensive list of those courses offered in a particular quarter that meet this requirement.

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