AWP Courses

The Analytical Writing Program (AWP) offers courses that fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). 

AWP 1 and AWP 2B portfoilo results will be available on our website by the end of the finals week.

AWP 1: Analytical Writing

AWP 1 provides underprepared writers the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and writing abilities. At the end of AWP 1, students will produce a portfolio of work that will determine their readiness to enter the college writing programs.

AWP 2A: Analytical Writing and Academic English A

AWP 2A is the first of a multi-term course designed to offer students who need extra English language support the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and writing abilities over two terms.  Students who enroll in AWP 2A are required to enroll in AWP 2B in the subsequent term. 

Students enrolled in AWP 2A will receive a grade of IP (In Progress) at the end of the term and must take AWP 2B the following term, with the same instructor. 

AWP 2B: Analytical Writing and Academic English B

AWP 2B is the second of a multi-term course designed to offer students who need extra English language support the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and writing abilities over two terms. At the end of AWP 2B, students will produce a portfolio of work that will determine their readiness to enter the college writing programs.

If the portfolio demonstrates readiness for College Writing, the student will pass directly to College Writing. If the portfolio does not demonstrate readiness for College Writing, the student will enroll in AWP 1 the following term. Students will not be able to repeat the AWP 2A-2B sequence.

AWP 10: Language and Learning in the American Academy

This course will provide an introduction to critical thinking, reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices appropriate to college-level work. It will prepare students who may not be familiar with the learning expectations of American universities to fully join the academic conversation.

AWP 195: Academic Mentoring in Writing

Under the supervision of an instructor, students will serve as peer mentors in analytical writing courses. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the writing process and will develop the necessary skills to serve as productive writing mentors for their peers.

AWP 500: Apprentice Teaching

Under supervision of the Analytical Writing Program Director, consideration of pedagogical methods appropriate to undergraduate teaching of analytical writing, especially with regards to courses that fulfill ELWR. The course is required of all graduate teaching assistants who are engaged in or supporting instruction in the university’s Analytical Writing Program. The course is potentially open to other graduate students seeking expertise in writing pedagogy, contingent upon the approval of the director.


Summer Session

Students must receive department approval to enroll in AWP 1 in summer session. AWP 1 is only open to students who have exhausted their ELWR eligibility. After all “last chance” students have been accommodated, exceptions may be made for students who have completed AWP 2A-2B sequence or students who have completed at least one quarter of AWP 1. Enrolling in AWP 1 during the summer does not count towards students' allotted ELWR quarters of eligibility.

Students who pass AWP 1 in the summer with a C or better can then enroll in their college writing courses in the fall. "Last chance" students who do not pass are prohibited from further enrollment at UC San Diego.