First-Year Writing


First-Year Writing Program
English Department
Newman Vertical Campus 7-245

Writing Program Director: Dr. Lisa Blankenship
ELL Program Director: Dr. Kamal Belmihoub
Program Assistant: Seth Graves
Administrator: Claudye James

Office hours by appointment, Monday thru Thursday.

Writing I and II (ENG 2100 and ENG 2150) make up a two-course sequence in the Pathways Required Core—a fundamental part of your liberal education at Baruch College. In these courses you will develop your ability to read and think critically and to write well in a variety of contexts. One of the most important abilities you’ll develop over the course of your studies is the ability to discern how the way we think is shaped by language and other semiotic codes such as sound and images. These courses will ask that you think critically about the arguments of others and in turn to develop and communicate your own ideas and arguments.

While your course will have a guiding theme or focus, the subject of Writing I and II, simply put, is writing. You will read and discuss a wide variety of texts—for example, creative non-fiction pieces, news articles, academic articles, short stories, poetry, films, and writing on social media—with careful attention to the role of rhetorical conventions such as style, tropes, genre, audience and purpose. Studying the writing styles and rhetorical moves of professional, published writers will inform your approaches to your own development as a writer within academic contexts and beyond.

This course is designed to be a gateway of exploration for further writing and research you will do in your courses at Baruch and beyond.