ENGL398L: Scholarly Writing in the Humanities

English 398L satisfies the Professional Writing requirement for undergraduates at the University of Maryland, College Park. This course treats academic scholarship as a genre of professional writing and comprises a series of assignments that investigate the norms and procedures of advanced academic writing; the course is aimed primarily at students considering graduate work in the humanities. Assignments parallel the writing demands that students will face in the academic workplace, and students learn how to edit their own work as well as that of their peers. Core assignments include a graduate school application essay, a genre review, an annotated bibliography, a journal article, and an oral presentation of article subject matter. 


English 101 or equivalent and a minimum of 60 credits. 

How student learning is assessed:

Students complete five to six major writing assignments encompassing approximately 6500 words, in addition to in-class exercises, readings, peer review workshops, group work, and oral presentations. Each major assignment is evaluated according to a set of criteria provided to students with the assignments sheets. Students are responsible for the information provided on the course syllabus, as well as on ELMS or other class websites, and for any material provided in a course packet or on handouts distributed in class. Readings may come from an assigned textbook and from other relevant, timely sources. Students are responsible for the readings, which form the basis of class discussion; students may also be required to write responses to reading assignments.