This course is part of the Academic Core and must be taken in the student’s first semester. It aims to develop the skills necessary for students to become independent learners, and to support and enhance performance in many other courses at UCR.

The focus of ACC 130 is on academic writing and presenting. Students are expected to do secondary research, critically select and evaluate scholarly sources, learn to cite and reference, develop coherent thesis statements, structure information, and use appropriate academic language and style. Through constant revision of their own writing, peer reviewing other essays, and study of essays in 100 Great Essays, students will hone their critical thinking skills. Presentation skills are developed through an individual Persuasive Speech and a Research Presentation. In addition, students participate in group discussions and critically reflect on their learning process. Vocabulary activities throughout the semester will reinforce proper academic language and give students ways to express themselves clearly, concisely, and with intelligence.