Learning Center Courses


Individual tutoring in writing can be arranged for any student by contacting Associate Dean John Pruitt (otherwise see the description of the writing lab below). Tutoring in other specific subjects may also be available for those students with special needs by contacting Dean Pruitt.


The writing lab is a reserved room on the fourth floor of the library set up with computers and a peer tutor in attendance to help any student work on his or her writing. The fall semester hours will be Sunday to Thursday, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Learning Center Courses

CSK 095 A The Craft of Prose: the Foundation of Basic Writing

Time: Tu Fr 9:00 am - 10:10 am Olin 303

All writers know the terror of facing the blank page (or screen) knowing that they must fill it with words, and that once the pages are filled, the hard work begins. This writers' workshop cannot promise to make the work easy, but it does give students a chance to tame the anxiety by developing craft and refining their prose style. Examination of the structure and organization of argumentative and personal essays will accompany detailed attention to paragraphs, sentences, and diction. We will discuss development of ideas, research, revision, personal voice, grammar, and punctuation, all with an eye toward expressing critical thought with clarity and precision. Each week students will present a new or revised essay for class appreciation and criticism. No issue will be too basic for discussion, from pencils to participles, criticism to comma faults. There is a "laboratory" component to this course. Students will be expected to put in at least one two-hour session at the writing lab pre week (see the description of the Writing Lab above).

CSK 095 B Live Writing: Foundations of Prose

Time: Wed Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am Olin 101

(Two credits) Do you see a pile of rocks where others see a "fieldstone wall"? Can you find the forest in all those trees? Do words on a page have a hard time being called anything but poetry? As Emerson wrote, "the inmost, in due time, becomes outmost." This workshop-style course examines assumptions about "good" and "bad" writing, with the premise that any writing, no matter how personal, radical or off-center, can become virtuosic and persuasive if rigorously pursued.

From argument, structure, paragraph form and the personality of a semi-colon, to love letters, eviction notices and essays--we will take a critical look at the conventions and inventions latent in all aspects of written communication. If your desire is to be more fluent in expressing ideas or to enhance your powers of rhetoric--this course is for you. Readings will range through a wide variety of thinkers whose writings have made unique contributions. A weekly writing work will culminate in a final "published" project.

CSK 103 A Essential Mathematics

Time: Mon Wed 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm LC 208

(Two credits)This course is designed for students in need of improving their quantitative skills before entering a Q-course. The goal of this course is to improve students' confidence and abilities, as well as increase their interest, in mathematics. Understanding of mathematical concepts will be emphasized. Study will include review of operations, proportions, percents, geometry and algebra. The class will experience how these mathematical concepts occur in nature, music, art and other disciplines through readings, nature walks, and group discussions. Each student will complete a project of their own design relating mathematics to their major or personal interest. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to enroll in a Q-course. To register for this course see Tambra Burns in Hegeman 106 on registration day.