All UWP courses aim to help students, in the words of Hopkins’ recent report from the Second Commission on Undergraduate Education, “recognize the importance of language and have a command of it as readers, writers and speakers.” Current course listings can be found on our undergraduate and graduate pages.

Course Guidelines

The University Writing Program adheres to the grading and attendance policies of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Course Descriptions

Beginning Fall 2022, our courses will be found under our new prefix: AS.004. 

AS.004.100: Reintroduction to Writing

Reintroduction to Writing, JHU’s first-year writing course, steps beyond the writing skills necessary to get to college: our shared project is to help you learn how to write for the rest of your life. We approach writing as an adaptable process of inquiry and action, as deeply informed by reading, and as reflective, embodied, and always emerging practice. In this course, we will rethink writing in ways that will help you throughout college, your professional career, personal life, and civic responsibilities in a democracy. Toward that end, this course teaches you to become an agile, curious, creative, and resilient writer. You will read and write academic texts; rhetorically analyze a wide variety of sources, including for the conventions of diverse genres; and write across genres, developing skill and precision in your writing, as well as fluency across contexts, audiences, and media.

Classes are capped at 15 students and often involve discussion, workshops, and conferences. Our courses engage with many topics and disciplines; consider carefully which course will most interest you. Reintroduction to Writing is intended for first-year students, though it is available to others by special permission.

AS.004.2XX: Writing courses on modes, genres, and special topics

Our 200-level courses invite students to work on writing assignments defined by writing in particular modes or genres (the proposal, narrative writing, writing for social media, or writing for public audiences). The courses will involve reading and writing in specific areas of inquiry and developing skills in particular forms of writing. Classes are small and include a mix of smaller and larger assignments. 

AS.004.3XX: Courses in academic research and writing

Our courses in academic writing invite students to work on writing assignments like those they are likely to encounter throughout their university education. The courses will involve reading and summarizing academic essays, and then applying this style of writing in essay form. Subjects include the moves of academic writing, engaging with scholarly arguments, and building one’s own arguments, as well as the styles and formats of academic writing. Classes are small, and they are organized around at least three major academic writing assignments. 

AS.004.4XX: Advanced writing courses built around special topics

Our 400-level courses invite students to explore diverse forms of writing in a variety of contexts. These include project-based learning course designs, community-engaged courses, and other innovative offerings.