Guidelines for FS Descriptions

Please refer to the guidelines below when writing or revising descriptions for FS*101 and FS*102 classes. (For other courses, please see the general guidelines for course descriptions.)

  1. Use 100 words or fewer.
  2. Write in the present tense (e.g., “Students investigate…,” not “Students will investigate…”).
  3. Begin the description with a sentence fragment (e.g., “A study of…”)
  4. Do not include instructor names.
  5. Use the word “course” sparingly.
  6. Remember that the primary audience for these descriptions is first-year students, and avoid discipline-specific jargon or specialized terms.
  7. Sections of FS 101 should end the course description with this sentence: “Coursework emphasizes the development of effective oral and written communication skills with a focus on description, summary, and critical thinking.”
  8. Regular sections of FS 102 should end the course description with this sentence: “This seminar develops written and oral communication skills with an emphasis on persuasive communication in an academic context.”
  9. Sections of FS 102 designated “W” should end the course description with these two sentences: “This seminar develops written and oral communication skills with an emphasis on persuasive communication in an academic context. Designated “W,” this section places particular emphasis on the practice of writing and offers specialized instruction to improve writing skills.”