Class Schedule


(fall and spring)

Strategies for College Reading
Course Description
.25 Cara Farnell Pass/Fail only


(spring only)

Writing Personal Statements

Course Descriptions

.25 Rachael Shelden Pass/Fail only

Course Description

CWLT 100 - Strategies for College Reading (.25 units)
Cara Farnell
Howarth Hall 105

College reading presents significant challenges, both in the amount of material assigned and in the complexity of ideas. Students frequently remark that they have difficulty getting through the required reading in a course, and that they have problems concentrating on the material, or that they cannot remember what they have read. They are expected to learn to read selectively but carefully, to identify passages that require close reading, and to search out the structure of a text. Furthermore, assigned reading is often a diverse collection of primary and secondary sources, rather than sections from one authoritative textbook.

This course is designed to help students become more demanding and skillful readers, able to effectively navigate the demands of college reading. Students develop new techniques to improve their reading efficiency, both in terms of speed and comprehension. By making reading and studying into a conscious activity, students are better able to extract information from a scholarly text, critically question the material they read, flexibly adjust reading strategies according to the task, and vary their reading speed to enhance comprehension. Class instruction is supplemented by an online speed reading program, although this class is not primarily concerned with speed reading.


CWLT 299 - Writing Personal Statements (.25 units)
Rachael Shelden
Howarth Hall 116

This course is designed to help students write effective personal statements for post-graduation opportunities, whether for fellowships or graduate or professional school applications. The course introduces writers to the concept of the personal essay as a genre, through readings that include both the theoretical discussions and examples of the genre. Students write multiple drafts of personal statements, and through that process discover what is essential to convey about themselves for the particular application. Significant time is devoted to sharing drafts with the other writers in the class and providing feedback to deepen the learning process.