Reflective Essay

Reflective Essay Instructions

Here is your first Reflective Essay.
Should there be a greater role for the Humanities in the contemporary college/university?
1) Write an introduction which clearly identifies the topic and clearly indicates what you will say about it.  If the topic includes a question to be answered, a clear answer to the question must be in the intro.
2) Write a description of the topic.  The description must contain at least three properly-cited references to the relevant class texts.
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3) Write an argument that supports the stand you take on the topic.  Your argument should be as free as possible from logical fallacies.  It should also not depend on particular cultural or religious views.  It should contain rationally-believable premises which logically support their conclusion.
4) The whole essay should be written at a stylistic level appropriate to a college-level liberal arts class.  Clear and proper citations must be used throughout.
I will score your essays as follows:
1) Introduction – 10 points
2) Description – 40 points
3) Argument – 40 points
4) Style – 10 points
Essays should be 650 – 900 words in length.  Please consult the numerous writing links for general help with writing.
Essays must be submitted as either Word or Rich Text Format documents.  If you simply paste your essay into some kind of text box, I will create a Word document for you, and charge you 10 points for that service.

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