Welcome to First-Year Writing at Michigan State University. Our program is based upon the best practices of teaching and learning, developed collaboratively by researchers, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are committed to helping us meet the needs of students, in effective and engaging ways. To help create a successful start to your careers as members of the MSU community, the mission of our program is strongly related to the larger mission of MSU.
As part of the general education requirement, First-Year Writing contributes to the larger mission of the University by focusing on inquiry-based teaching and learning that encourages students to begin to understand themselves as:
Participating in and contributing to important conversations in the 21st century requires facility both with traditional literacy practices such as essay writing and with multimedia-based forms of literacy such as online writing and video technologies. The course themes focus on some of these important conversations and represent issues that resonate across all of the major areas of study our students plan to pursue in their undergraduate education. While the issues vary, there are some important shared concepts, experiences, and materials in each course to ensure that you have a common ground for the literacy activities you will engage in outside of individual courses. This is important because you will be working with lots of different students and teachers as you read, write, and do research outside of your first-year writing course.
First Year Writing Conference: Friday, April 12th, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM