Category: Teaching in the Disciplines

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Introduction to Teaching in the Disciplines

Introductory Courses Introductory courses give students a general overview of the field, an introduction to its “language” and terminology, and exposure to its core methods of inquiry. Students might not know what your course title (such as “World Humanities,” “Classical Cultures,” or “Social Communication”) means, and they might not have a working familiarity with the …

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WAC/WID Pedagogy

WAC Pedagogy At the core of WAC pedagogy lies the idea that learning to write and writing to learn are equally important. In other words, continuous writing practice helps students to both improve their writing skills and better understand course material. WAC approaches writing not merely as a communication skill but also as a process …

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Quantitative Reasoning Fellowship

QRF Origins Modeled after the Writing Fellows program, CUNY recently initiated a Quantitative Reasoning Fellows program. This program places doctoral students at select CUNY campuses to support efforts to improve quantitative reasoning across the curriculum. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is the application of mathematical thought and knowledge to authentic, everyday issues. Sometimes called quantitative literacy, QR …

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About WAC

WAC Origins Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is a pedagogical movement that began in the early 1970s. Following the dramatic rise of student enrollment after World War II and the protests of the 1960s, universities needed to evolve to accommodate a new generation of students, one that was more diverse in background and socioeconomic position …

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WAC/WID/QRF Links and Resources

Contact Info for WAC Coordinators: WAC coordinators, 2015-2016 WAC @ CUNY This site contains links to Writing/QR Fellows job descriptions for each college, WAC at CUNY 10-year review, and founding documents (1999 Board Resolution). Senior Colleges Baruch, Brooklyn, City College, CityTech, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Medgar Evers, Queens, Staten Island, York College  Community Colleges Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Queensborough Community College, Guttman Community College, …

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STEM

Introductory courses in the STEM field generally offer a very broad introduction to the field as a whole, and are likely to contain both a theory and lab component (often larger lecture classes break out into small lab sections under a TA or co-instructor). Introductory science courses, which often have course titles such as “General Chemistry I,” …

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Social Science

Introductory courses in the social sciences expose students to foundational texts, theories, as well as research methods, very much like humanities courses do. However, unlike the humanities, which tends to favor qualitative research methods, the social sciences use a range of methods, both qualitative and quantitative. Varying slightly depending on the discipline, introductory courses in …

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Humanities

Introductory courses in the humanities generally familiarize students with the field’s terminology and expose them to key texts. Literature courses, for example, ask students to identify themes, motifs, metaphor and symbolism, and cover plot structure, character development, genre and style. Required Pathways courses such as “Great Works of Literature” or “World Humanities” expose students to …

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