This course emphasizes writing as academic discourse with attention to academic argumentation and expectations for research, structure, and style. Beyond an emphasis on academic writing, our course works from the assumption that writing – even academic writing, even professional writing – is tightly bound up with questions of identity. Our writing and use of language draws on our attitudes, values, beliefs, assumptions, and investments; it draws on our experiences; and it draws on our capacities for expression, engagement, and response. Our identities have been shaped by other people, groups, and institutions that comprise our larger society, but our potential for being in the world also goes beyond anything we have inherited or learned. Writing can help us come to terms with how we have been shaped as people and how we can continue to grow.