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First-Year Writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines enable Northeastern students to fulfill the NU Core Curriculum requirement, Writing Across Audiences and Genres. The Writing Program’s learning goals are below.  

Student Learning Goals

Rhetorical Practices

  • Students write both to learn and to communicate what they learn.
  • Students negotiate their own writing goals and audience expectations regarding genre, context, and situation.
  • Students formulate and articulate a stance through and in their writing.
  • Students reflect on their writing processes and self-assess as writers.

Engagement with Critical Perspectives

  • Students explore diverse experiences, perspectives, and ideas–such as intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, language, and ability–in campus, societal, disciplinary, professional, or historical contexts.
  • Students engage in activities that help them understand and critique systemic inequity to foster a commitment to justice at Northeastern and globally.

Use of Sources and Evidence

  • Students generate and pursue lines of inquiry and search for, collect, and select sources that effectively support their writing projects.
  • Students effectively use and cite sources in their writing.
  • Students use multiple forms of evidence to support their claims, ideas, and arguments.
  • Students practice critical reading strategies.


  • Students provide feedback to their peers to help them revise.
  • Students revise their writing using responses from others, including peers, teachers, writing center tutors, and community members.