Courses & Topics

In the Writing Seminar Program, we introduce students to Academic Writing, practice compositional technique, and develop their research skills through a specific theme each semester.

Click here for the Spring 2018 Writing 102 Topics 

Writing 101

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the MMC academic community, while
practicing the critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral presentation skills necessary for their
academic and professional lives. Students will explore a selected topic from several disciplinary
perspectives in an intimate classroom environment. Through a series of written essays
and presentation assignments, students will engage in the recursive process of professional level composition, including invention, drafting, revision, peer-feedback, and editing. 

Writing 102

This course is the second of the two writing courses requirement of students. We strongly encourage students to enroll in Writing 102 immediately following the successful completion of Writing Seminar I.  This course emphasizes the development of research skills through exercises in the selection of research topics, the use of a variety of library resources, and the evaluation of research materials, leading to the development of an extensive academic argument. In preparation for this major project, students will explore a selected topic from several disciplinary perspectives through a series of written essays and oral presentation assignments. Throughout the term, instructor-student conferences facilitate individualized criticism of research procedures and the development of the final paper.

Writing 201

Advanced Writing Seminar introduces students to the MMC academic community while continuing to strengthen the critical reading, writing, research, and oral presentation skills necessary for both their scholarly and professional lives. Students explore a topic from several disciplinary perspectives, conduct extensive research, and learn to appreciate the advantages of interdisciplinary study. Through a series of advanced written assignments, students engage in the recursive process of professional-level composition, including invention, drafting, revision, peer feedback, and editing. Students learn how to propose, formulate, develop and present an original academic project, based on extensive independent research. This course is enrollment-through-placement only.

Some of the past themes have included: 

  • Art and Politics
  • Economics and Social Justice
  • Gender Around the World
  • Hispanic New York
  • Literature in the Time of AIDS
  • NYC in the 1920’s
  • Perspectives on Suffering
  • Representation of Disability
  • Stepping Off: Choreographing a City
  • What Does Fandom Do?
  • Writing the Disaster

Introductory Courses

Writing 009 - Introduction to Writing

This text-based course focuses on interpretive reading and analytical writing in preparation for WRIT 101. Instruction simultaneously focuses on writing strategies, such as revision, summarizing, structure, and avoiding plagiarism, as well as the use of academic English. This course emphasize integration of reading and writing skills to develop student abilities in writing clear, well-organized prose on academic topics.

Writing 010 - Effective Thinking

This course introduces students to a variety of active reading and thinking strategies. These areas apply systematic study skill formulas to textbook reading, such as note taking, identifying the main idea, paraphrasing, summarizing, and preparing for tests. Students work to polish their thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving abilities. Emphasis will be given to understanding organization structures and thinking patterns used by a variety of writing to express ideas. 

Writing 011- Writing Lab

This course focuses on academic writing skills to supplement instruction in WRIT 101. Instruction simultaneously focuses on writing strategies, such as revision, summarizing, avoiding plagiarism, and structure, as well as the use of academic English. The course emphasizes integration if reading and writing skulls to develop student abilities in writing clear, well-organized prose on academic topics.