Sociology and Writing across the Curriculum: An Adaptation of the Sociological Journal

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Sociology as a discipline has much to offer and much to gain from participation in the writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) movement. Student writing is a concrete event that can be analyzed sociologically. Attention to writing as a social event and to writing as discovery can increase the relevance of sociology as perceived by students. In this paper I suggest a modified version of the sociological journal, in which students write in every class as well as outside class. Following WAC principles, this modification minimizes the amount of grading required and allows students to discover the sociological perspective as they apply it to many of their own experiences.