CTW Course Description


Students entering Georgia State University in the fall of 2009 will be required to take two Critical Thinking through Writing courses in their major. 

To view CTW courses, descriptions, and sample syllabi for your department, click HERE.


A CTW course meets the following requirements:

1. It has at least three credit hours.

2. It contains assignments that focus on critical thinking as demonstrated through writing.*  These assignments together should constitute a substantial percentage of the course grade.

3. It has a maximum of a 25/1 student/instructor ratio.
    Should a CTW class have more than 25 students,
    the instructor will receive assistance. If a CTW
    class enrolls 51-75 students, the assistance of two
    people would be needed, and so forth.**

4. It is taught by a CTW-trained instructor.***

*For purposes of this motion, “assignments that focus
on critical thinking as demonstrated through writing”
are assignments that use writing to help students
develop the “wide range of cognitive skills and
intellectual dispositions needed to effectively
identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments and truth
claims; to discover and overcome personal
prejudices; to formulate and present convincing
reasons in support of conclusions; and to make
reasonable, intelligent decisions about what to
believe and what to do.” (Bassham, Irwin, Nardone
& Wallace, Critical Thinking: A Student's Introduction
(McGraw-Hill, 2005) page 1.) Typically, students will
have the opportunity to revise at least one assignment
during the semester.

**This ratio may be accomplished by various means.
Variations include but are not limited to: capping
CTW sections at 25 (the ideal), assigning trained CTW
graduate student(s) to sections with more than 25
students, and having department or college CTW
staff consultant(s) work with sections over 25 students.
In some cases, it may be appropriate for the instructors
of CTW courses capped at 25 to have assistance.
In these cases, departments and colleges may petition
the Gen Ed Subcommittee and the Provost for additional

***CTW training will be available to faculty, graduate
students, and staff who are working in CTW courses.
Departments must use university-wide CTW training or
alternative training approved by the Gen Ed Subcommittee.