UNIV Seminars

The PWC offers two credit-bearing courses for graduate PhD students who could benefit from improving their English speaking and writing.


UNIV 600   Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing for International Graduate Students

This course teaches fundamental academic reading and writing skills to international graduate students in the first two years of their studies. Students will learn how scholars construct arguments and use evidence to support claims, and they will practice writing texts that are relevant to their own courses and careers.

Spring 2019 Section:
UNIV 600 001    Vasudha Bharadwaj     Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:50 PM

UNIV 601   Oral Communication Skills for International Graduate Students

This course will introduce students to expectations and assumptions of North American audiences, strategies for expressing ideas in individual and group conversations, and oral and visual skills needed for academic presentations. Pronunciation challenges will be diagnosed for individual students; students will use appropriate speaking programs in the Rice Language Lab; and, final projects will be related to students' studies or research.

Spring 2019 Section:
UNIV 601 001    Katerina Belik     Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:45 PM


UNIV 602   Academic Writing for International Graduate Students

This course will address writing at both the macro- and micro-level, engaging students in such academic writing tasks as critiquing, reporting, and interpreting research findings, illustrating and justifying the significance of research, while also attending to mechanical topics. Writing assignments in the course will be linked to students' studies, courses, or research. The course also provides space for required one-on-one conferences with instructors and CAPC staff.

Spring 2019 Section
UNIV 602 001      Kyung-Hee Bae     Thursdays 5:30 - 7:30 PM