About the Writing Program
The Place of Writing in a Mercer Education
The ability to articulate ideas and formulate arguments through writing is a cornerstone of academic development and a touchstone of higher education. Effective writing skills are critical to life-long learning and integral to both professional success and meaningful engagement throughout life. Writing instruction therefore occupies a central place in the Mercer undergraduate experience, situated within students' core General Education courses.
Integrative Learning (INT) and Great Books (GBK) writing instruction courses provide substantial, sustained instruction, introducing students to academic writing as a process of discovering ideas, arranging information, and acquiring knowledge. Each four-credit hour course fosters proficiency in critical thinking and argumentation, as well as writing for a variety of genres, audiences, and purposes in both academic and public spheres.
INT Writing Instruction Courses
INT 101 (4 hours): Understanding Self and Other
INT 201 (4 hours): Building Community
GBK Writing Instruction Courses
GBK 101 (4 hours): Understanding Self and Other -- Among Gods and Heroes
GBK 202 (4 hours): Classical Cultures
GBK 203 (4 hours): The Hebrew and Christian Traditions
Successful completion of the Writing Requirement, as specified in Foundational Studies, is a requirement for graduation.