Our Mission

At Georgetown, we educate students to be leaders in a global world. We do this by having a rich liberal arts foundation that students build on with deeper knowledge in their specific majors. On both levels, writing plays a significant role. Because writing reflects and shapes thinking and learning and because leaders must communicate effectively, we want our graduates to be known for their excellence as writers.

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To achieve that goal, we have a two-level writing program that lays a strong foundation in critical reading, strategic thinking about writing, and the hands-on practice of writing early in a student’s career. Students then strengthen and focus their writing as a disciplinary practice within their major. Specifically, every student will take a first-year Writing and Culture Seminar that focuses on core ideas about critical reading and writing and a course or experience within their major that builds on those core ideas in the context of the field.

The Georgetown University Writing Program coordinates the new first-year Writing and Culture Seminar and helps programs develop their Integrated Writing strategies. The program also serves students directly, through peer tutoring at the Writing Center.