CAL 103 - Writing and Communications

Writing and Communications focuses on the aptitude necessary for college-level expository writing with activities based on close textual analysis, academic research and reporting skills, and successful presentation techniques. The course empowers students with the written and oral communication skills they need for both university-level academic discourse as well as success outside Stevens in the professional world. 

In particular, the course focuses on several styles of writing and communications; attention is given to strategies for formulating independent thought while integrating ideas of great thinkers, and applying them to our global society. Topics of reading and discussion will include business, science, technology, and the humanities. Students will be required to engage a variety of texts, regularly seek outside writing instruction at the Writing and Comunications Center, and use the SC Williams Library services.


  • explore writers who tackle themes of global importance, such as Lao-tzu, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • learn the conventions of academic communication
  • be encouraged to synthesize complex ideas and develop their own critical perspectives, so that they can become active and ethical members of the global community


  • Setting the benchmark for standards in college-level writing and communications
  • Providing a common curriculum and texts that might be the subject of further inquiry and discussion outside of the classroom
  • Introducing a small-sized classroom setting that encourages peer and student-faculty collegiality
  • Exposing them to influential texts that have impacted global thought over millennia
  • Directing them to synthesize ideas in texts and apply them to our modern times
  • Providing an intellectual and structural foundation for leadership development


The CAL 103 courses are taught by full-time professors, all of whom are experts in academic and professional writing and also hold specialties in a variety of areas, including comparative literature, creative writing, and business and professional writing, among others. They bring years of expertise in academic, technical, and professional writing to the Writing and Communications classrooms in order to help prepare the Stevens student for the writing they will do throughout their college careers and beyond. They also endeavor to help students identify how a foundation in arts and letters as well as the development of strong writing and communication skills is important for individuals of all disciplines.