Critical Writing seminars

What to expect

Students are strongly encouraged to take the writing seminar in their first or second semester at Penn. They should anticipate an average of 6 hours per week of outside work, particularly in the first half of the semester when they are immersing themselves in the practice of critical writing as well as in the course topic. Attendance, punctuality, and timely submission of work are central to success. Grades are based on the work done throughout the semester, quality of contributions to class work, and a final portfolio assessment by an outside reader.