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To establish the foundation in academic writing, critical reading, and analytic thinking that is expected at the college level, USC’s general education program requires at least two courses in composition. Most students entering USC fulfill this through Writing and Critical Reasoning (WRIT 150) at the freshman level, and Advanced Writing (WRIT 340) during the junior year.

In addition, USC offers the elective Writing in Practical Contexts (WRIT 440), which is advanced training for analytical and argumentative writing in professional and other settings.