“College Writing Programs is not, in short, your grandparents’ writing program. Grammar and syntax still apply, and still matter. But CWP has come a long way from its 19th-century origins, when UC students were schooled in ‘Oral and Written Expression’ — known universitywide as Subject A — defined as the ability to use English ‘correctly, clearly and pertinently.’ In addition to such longtime staples as reading and comp and professional communication, the 21st-century Berkeley program offers more than 20 courses in everything from public speaking, creative nonfiction and travel writing to new media, where advanced students learn concision by crafting 130-character micro-essays suitable for Twitter.”

–Barry Bergman. “Berkeley’s Writing Requirement? Bold Vision, Endless Revision.” UC Berkeley NewsCenter. Jan 31, 2012. Web.

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