About the Writing Program

The Writing Program
Department of Modern Languages
Miller Hall
1950 3rd Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Email: ulvwriting@laverne.edu

Mission

The Writing Program seeks to establish a creative and engaged culture of writing at La Verne. The program views the study of language, rhetoric, and literature as foundational to ethical and reflective written communication in the disciplines, professions, arts, and in civic life. Writing courses in the General Education Written Communication Area requirement (College Writing A and College Writing B: Research Writing) are designed to introduce writing-to-learn practices and audience-based communication as fundamental to lifelong learning. Upper division courses offer students advanced study in rhetoric and composition, including a practicum in peer tutoring in writing, advanced writing in the disciplines, and special topics in rhetoric and composition.

At the start of every fall semester, the Writing Program organizes a common reading program for incoming first-year students – One Book, One University. The selected text introduces students to academic writing as they learn to broaden their thinking and perspectives through campus-wide discussions, guest speakers and performers, and lectures from faculty in other departments.

The Writing Program also offers the Creative Writing Major for individuals who are interested in preparing for further graduate studies in creative writing, or for a professional writing career.

As written communication skills are key to students’ retention and degree completion, the Writing Program promotes writing across the curriculum/in the disciplines as a pathway to degree completion. Toward this goal, the Writing Program values diverse identities and languages amongst our students, and is committed to serving all students while serving Latino/a students, in recognition of the University of La Verne’s federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Related Mission Statement:
University of La Verne Mission Statement/Values Orientation

Steve Lopez, author of The Soloist, visits Cathy Irwin's class, October 2010.