Academic Writing for Graduate Students

Units and Grade Options: 2 unit course, graded S/U
Course Title: Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPDP) 320: Academic Writing for Graduate Students
Course Format: Seminar
Instructor: Sabrina Soracco, Director, Graduate Division Academic Services

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with formal instruction in the genres and mechanics of academic writing at the graduate and professorial level. Through presentations, readings, discussion, and weekly peer editing, graduate students will develop writing and editing skills necessary for their success as graduate students and future faculty.

Course Goals

  • to familiarize graduate students with the different genres of academic writing (e.g., seminar papers, journal articles, books, grant proposals, dissertation prospecti, etc.) and how these genres vary from discipline to discipline;
  • to help graduate students become better writers by analyzing writing on both the micro (sentence) and macro (organizational) levels;
  • to teach graduate students basic skills of professional editing so that they can become better editors of their own work and that of peers;
  • to enable graduate students to apply these skills to a piece of their own writing and to the writing of peers.

For more information about this course, please contact Graduate Division Academic Services, 321 Sproul Hall, (510)643-9392.


Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty

Offered jointly by Academic Services and the GSI Teaching and Resource Center, the aim of this Institute is to enable graduate students to excel in all aspects of academic life as they pursue an advanced degree at Berkeley and transition from graduate school to future academic careers. This year’s Institute will take place from May 20 – June 24, 2015. Graduate students who are nearing completion of their graduate programs and beginning to prepare for the academic job market are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 13, 2015, 4 pm. For more information or if you have questions about the Summer Institute, please see the Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching and Resource Center website, email gsi@berkeley.edu, or call (510) 642-4456.