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Welcome to UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing, our first-year composition course (WRIT 114, 116, 118, and 120).The Blugold Seminar is a writing-intensive and inquiry-based approach to college-level research and writing. The course grounds students in the reading, writing, and rhetorical demands necessary for success at UW-Eau Claire and beyond.

Watch the video below to see some of the exciting changes to the Blugold Seminar.

The Blugold Seminar is based on some of the latest research about how college students learn to write and what they need to be able to do in terms of written communication to succeed in their courses and beyond. This course is designed to teach students how to understand the many conversations and debates they will be exposed to in the coming years and how to join these conversations.

Special features of the Blugold Seminar:

  • Small class size (Blugold Seminars will be capped at 20-22 students);
  • Standard curriculum (based on four main learning goals: rhetorical knowledge, inquiry and research, writing craft, and digital literacy);
  • Multimedia components (allowing students the opportunity to compose in different media and digital genres);
  • Theme-based (drawing on the expertise of the professors and the interests of the students);
  • Research-oriented (teaching students how to do college-level research and documented writing projects);
  • Rhetoric-focused (providing rhetorical knowledge relevant to all fields and majors).

Each professor teaching the Blugold Seminar selects a theme, broad topic, or overarching question to focus on. Though the theme will vary across all sections, all Blugold Seminars share the same course goals (Rhetorical Knowledge, Inquiry and Research, Writing Craft, Digital Literacy), as well as many of the same reading and writing assignments.

Students will be given a variety of opportunities to learn, practice, and demonstrate key concepts and learning outcomes. These opportunities will be offered with increasing sophistication throughout the four main course segments: Reading the Conversations, Understanding Perspective, Cultivating Complexity, and Joining the Conversation.

The curriculum graphic illustrates how the learning goals are integrated into each of the course segments via reading and writing activities.

"Introduction to the Course: An Invitation to Join the Conversation" provides a fuller description of the seminar.

The Blugold Seminar is made possible by significant funding from Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition. The Blugold Commitment is a partnership of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to preserve and enhance the high-quality UW-Eau Claire experience, and students have played a significant role in the Blugold Commitment process. The Blugold Seminar is one of the ways the Blugold Commitment is making a difference in students' undergraduate education.

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