Essential to the DRBU curriculum is an emphasis on writing. The ability to write is not viewed merely as a skill, but is instead considered integral to the ability to think clearly and critically. With this in mind, attention to writing is embedded in all courses. All instructors will implement current writing pedagogy with an eye toward the way in which reading, class discussion, and clear thinking are enhanced and articulated in the writing process.

Two courses will be dedicated in the freshman year to ensure that by the end of the first year all students have met basic criteria for college-level writing. These abilities are practiced and refined throughout the four-year program and culminate in a senior essay, written under the careful guidance of a faculty member.

Students take two courses in the senior year that are designed to provide instruction and resources to complete their senior essays. A tutoring program will be available for any students requiring or requesting additional support for their writing.

Selected Readings from Rhetoric and Writing

Crider, The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay
Plato, Phaedrus
Essays by George Orwell
Bizzell and Herzberg, The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present
Selections of poetry and prose