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Writing for academic, professional, and civic life

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Monday through Friday
9am-12pm and 1-4pm

Mailing address
UCSB Writing Program
South Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara
CA 93106-3010

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In the UCSB Writing Program, students study and practice writing in academic, civic, and professional contexts.

Undergraduate courses focus on study of and practice with writing expected by different audiences. Lower division courses help students develop foundational critical writing, reading, research, and analysis strategies.

Upper division courses concentrate on the study and practice of writing in specific academic, professional, and civic contexts as well as on the study of writing as an academic discipline.

The Program also offers a Professional Writing Minor and opportunities for undergraduates and graduates to conduct independent research with expert faculty.

The Writing Program supports graduate education with graduate-level classes, writing workshops, and courses focusing on writing theory and pedagogy. The Program also offers a Ph.D. emphasis in Writing Studies for students in select departments.


Acclaimed author Gary Shteyngart will hold a public reading and meet with Writing Program students on April 10-11.

Deborah Harris-Moore's new book, Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection (Ashgate 2014) examines the social-rhetorical forces surrounding emphases on the "perfect body."

Want to crash a course? Need an add code? Here is the Writing Program policy on crashing and adding courses.

Need to take the AWPE exam? Get more information here.