ENGL 198 H: Interdisciplinary Writing/social Science

Meeting Time: 
Jennifer E. Zinchuk

Syllabus Description:

Welcome to English 198, a writing course loosely linked to Psychology 101. This section, English 198 H, has been created for multilingual students as a space that acknowledges students’ abilities and experience with multiple languages and supports students’ development of the linguistic and rhetorical strategies necessary to become an independent student writer in an American university. This is not a language-learning course: in this course, you will read challenging academic texts and write texts in a variety of genres. This course is a community that, in addition to using Psychology 101 materials as a common text, we will use or cultural and linguistic knowledge to advance our discussions.

Linked writing courses offer a writing-intensive, peer-oriented environment in which to begin reading and writing within the disciplines represented by large lecture courses. In this particular link, we’ll focus on understanding psychology as an academic discipline while also practicing the skills needed for successful writing at the university. 

You are the primary “link” with the lecture course, and our writing assignments and discussions will presume that you are keeping up with the psychology readings and lectures. The writing link is not designed to reinforce the broad range of information introduced in your psychology lecture. Instead, its purpose is to give you a sense of how knowledge in the field of psychology is advanced by means of written exchanges in scholarly journals (e.g. research articles) and to give you some practice writing in, and about, the context of the discipline. Writing well, in college and beyond, requires the ability to “read” a context and use discernment to figure out and follow the tacit rules of that context. To help you develop your ability to read the context of psychology, you will complete three writing assignment sequences in the course. These sequences are designed with these broad goals in mind:

  • To prompt you to consider audience, context, and purpose each time you begin a writing task;
  • To familiarize you with the conventions of writing for psychology; to shed light on how writing in the discipline of psychology is different both from popular writing about psychology and from writing in other disciplines;
  • To help you develop critical reading skills; to give you practice reading and re-reading research articles in order to understand them well enough to write clearly and persuasively about them; and
  • To give you practice with the type of writing you may be required to do in future psychology or other science-oriented classes.

Full course syllabus can be found here

Catalog Description: 
Expository writing based on material presented in a specified social science lecture course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytic prose. Concurrent registration in specified course required.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
February 19, 2016 - 12:00pm