The LS writing curriculum, with its focus on creative and critical expression across first-year and upper level courses, is an integral part of Liberal Studies. The course offerings in both the LS Core and Global Liberal Studies help students develop their voices and critical eye through a range of topic-oriented, first-year writing courses. More advanced courses in journalism, filmmaking, translation, and creative writing offer students opportunities to deepen their skills in creative and professional fields.
The writing faculty include a number of award-winning writers and distinguished teachers and scholars. As a global-focused program with faculty from different fields, students encounter a diversity of texts and pedagogies. Across its many different global sites, the writing courses draw on the resources of the city both inside and outside the classroom. Courses challenge students to explore their own writing practices, and expand their skills in storytelling, inquiry, argument, and critical thinking.
Writing faculty also support the Minor in Translation Studies, a newly formed interdisciplinary and cross-cultural program that explores the history, theories, and contemporary practices of translation.
Each semester, LS hosts a number of readings and conversations with contemporary writers, as well as student/faculty readings that highlight the work of the program. Students have opportunities to work as writers and editors through two LS publications. The West 4th Street Review, a student-led creative writing journal, is published annually in print and online. The Interdependent: Journal of Undergraduate Research in Global Studies allows students to collaborate, edit, and produce an annual, online, peer-reviewed journal.