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Advanced Expression

NOTE: Students who started taking classes at Northwestern in Spring 2023 or earlier should refer to the Writing Proficiency page. The information below pertains to students who start at Northwestern after Spring 2023.


About the advanced expression requirement

Fulfillment of the Advanced Expression requirement is where students demonstrate high-level achievement in their ability to Express: articulate their ideas in oral, written, visual, digital, and other media, and assemble narratives, explanations, data, and arguments that navigate carefully ordered evidence. Some students demonstrate this level via their works in a language other than English. 

Courses that meet the AE requirement focus on effective communication, be it through writing, speaking or other modes of communication, in specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary contexts. Courses are typically 300-level and typically taken after the first year.


Learning objectives for AE

Fulfilling the advanced expression requirement

Students may complete the advanced expression requirement through completion of an approved course with a grade of D or higher. As with the foundational disciplines and overlays, courses approved by a Weinberg College faculty committee are listed on the webpage (below) and may also be identified through the Undergraduate Catalog and the quarterly CAESAR class listings. Each year some courses are added to the list and others are deleted; a course must be on the approved list for the year you take it to satisfy the requirement.

A course that is used by a student to satisfy the advanced expression requirement may at the same time be applied towards a different requirement (such as a major requirement, minor requirement, foundational discipline, and/or overlay) if so approved.

2023-2024 AE COURSES

Information will be posted to this list as it becomes available. Some courses on the list will not be offered in 2023-24, but in a future year. A course approved for the advanced expression requirement and for a foundational discipline area may be applied to both at the same time. Advanced Expression courses may also count toward a major or minor or be used as an overlay. Some courses on this list have prerequisites (for example fluency in a language other than English, or department permission).

Starting September 2023 please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for full lists. This page will only include mid-year updates.

Courses meeting advanced expression requirement
Subject Number Title
AMER_ST 390-1 Senior Project
AMER_ST 390-2 Senior Project
ANTHRO 322-0 Introduction to Archeology Research Design & Methods1
ANTHRO 386-0 Methods in Human Biology Research1
ANTHRO 389-0 Ethnographic Methods and Analysis1
ANTHRO 398-0 Senior Seminar
ART 360-0 Senior Critique
ART 372-0 Seminar1
ART_HIST 391-0 Art Historical Methods Seminar
ASIAN_LC 300-0 Advanced Topics in Chinese Literature and Culture1
ASIAN_LC 340-0 Advanced Topics in Korean Literature and Culture1
ASIAN_LC 360-0 Advanced Topics in South Asian Languages and Cultures1
ASIAN_LC 370-0 Literary Cultures in South Asia1
ASIAN_LC 390-0 Advanced Topics in Asian Languages and Cultures1
ASIAN_LC 392-0 Advanced Studies in Asian Film, Media, and Visual Culture1
ASTRON 321-0 Observational Astrophysics
BIOL_SCI 377-0 The Human Microbiome
BIOL_SCI 393-0 Human Genomics
BIOL_SCI 397-0 Senior Thesis Colloquium
CLASSICS 310-0 Archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean1
CLASSICS 320-0 Greek and Roman History1
CLASSICS 330-0 Ancient Economy1
CLASSICS 340-0 Greek and Roman Drama1
CLASSICS 350-0 Greek and Latin Literature1
CLASSICS 380-0 Classical Reception Studies1
COG_SCI 345-0 Presenting Ideas and Data (with PSYCH 345-0)1
COMM_ST 381-0 Media, Movements, & Social Change1
ECON 398-1 Senior Seminar
ECON 398-2 Senior Seminar
ENGLISH 300-0 Seminar in Reading and Interpretation1
ENGLISH 305-0 Advanced Composition
ENGLISH 310-0 Studies in Literary Genres1
ENGLISH 311-0 Studies in Poetry1
ENGLISH 312-0 Studies in Drama1
ENGLISH 313-0 Studies in Fiction1
ENGLISH 322-0 Medieval Drama1
ENGLISH 323-1 Medieval Poetry1
ENGLISH 324-0 Studies in Medieval Literature1
ENGLISH 331-0 Renaissance Poetry1
ENGLISH 332-0 Renaissance Drama1
ENGLISH 338-0 Studies in Renaissance Literature1
ENGLISH 339-0 Studies in Shakespeare1
ENGLISH 340-0 Studies in 18th-Century Literature1
ENGLISH 344-0 18th-Century Fiction1
ENGLISH 351-0 Romantic Poetry1
ENGLISH 353-0 Studies in Romantic Literature1
ENGLISH 357-0 19th-Century British Fiction1
ENGLISH 359-0 Studies in 19th-Century Literature1
ENGLISH 361-0 20th and 21st Century Poetry1
ENGLISH 363-0 20th and 21st Century Fiction1
ENGLISH 365-0 Studies in Postcolonial Literature1
ENGLISH 368-0 Studies in 20th- and 21st-Century Literature1
ENGLISH 369-0 Studies in African Literature1
ENGLISH 371-0 American Novel1
ENGLISH 372-0 American Poetry1
ENGLISH 374-0 Studies in Native American and Indigenous Literatures1
ENGLISH 375-0 Studies in Asian American Literature1
ENGLISH 377-0 Studies in Latina and Latino Literature1
ENGLISH 378-0 Studies in American Literature1
ENGLISH 379-0 Studies in Multiethnic American Literature1
ENGLISH 381-0 Literature & Medicine1
ENGLISH 383-0 Special Topics in Theory1
ENGLISH 385-0 Studies in Literature and Culture1
ENGLISH 386-0 Studies in Literature and Film1
ENGLISH 388-0 Studies in Literature and Ethics1
ENGLISH 397-0 Research Seminar for Literature Majors1
ENVR_POL 309-0 American Environmental History (with HISTORY 309-0)1
ENVR_POL 340-0 Global Environments and World History (with HISTORY 376-0)1
FRENCH 334-0 Montaigne and Modernity1
FRENCH 355-0 Topics in Modern and Contemporary French Literature and Culture1
FRENCH 362-0 African Literatures and Cultures (taught in French)1
FRENCH 365-0 The Maghreb and the Middle East (taught in French)1
FRENCH 367-0 Transnational Francophone Studies (taught in French)1
FRENCH 371-0 Giants, Cannibals & Critique1
FRENCH 375-0 French Film1
FRENCH 386-0 Gender and Writing1
FRENCH 390-0 Topics in Literature and Culture (taught in French)1
FRENCH 395-0 Advanced Studies in Culture and Thought1
GNDR_ST 361-0 Gender, Sexuality and Literature1
GNDR_ST 381-0 Queer Theory1
GNDR_ST 396-0 Senior Capstone Seminar
GERMAN 211-0 German Culture through Film1
GERMAN 221-1 Introduction to Literature: 1800-19001
GERMAN 221-2 Introduction to German Literature: 1900-19451
GERMAN 221-3 Introduction to Literature: 1945-today1
GERMAN 223-0 Austrian Literature1
GERMAN 245-0 Special Topics in German Literature and Culture (taught in German)1
GERMAN 303-0 Speaking as Discovery1
GERMAN 305-0 Writing as Discovery
GERMAN 307-0 German Media
GERMAN 309-1 The German Market and the Globalized Economy
GERMAN 309-2 Advanced Business German: Marketing and Management
GERMAN 321-1 Reason, Revolution, and Despair: 1800-19001
GERMAN 321-2 Myth and Modernity: 1900-19451
GERMAN 321-3 Recoveries and Transitions: 1945-Present1
GERMAN 322-0 German Contributions to World Literature (taught in English)1
GERMAN 326-0 German Cultural Studies
GERMAN 327-0 German Expressionism1
GERMAN 331-0 Shattered Worlds: Representation after the Shoa1
GERMAN 333-0 Literature of a Divided Nation1
GERMAN 334-0 Writers and their Critics1
GERMAN 335-0 Minority Voices in Germany (taught in German)1
GERMAN 344-2 Germany Since 1945 (with HISTORY 344-2)1
GERMAN 345-0 Topics in German Literature and Culture (taught in German)1
GERMAN 346-0 Topics in German Literature and Culture (taught in English)1
GBL_HLTH 309-0 Biomedicine and World History (with HISTORY 379-0)1
GBL_HLTH 340-0 Mental Health and the Arts1
GREEK 301-0 Readings in Greek Literature1
HIND_URD 320-0 Topics Hindi-Urdu Literature1
HISTORY 309-0 American Environmental History (with ENVR_POL 309-0)1
HISTORY 319-0 History of US Foreign Relations1
HISTORY 327-0 Histories of Violence in the United States1
HISTORY 344-2 Germany Since 1945 (with GERMAN 344-2)1
HISTORY 345-1 History of Russia: 800-17001
HISTORY 345-2 History of Russia, 1917-1991: The Soviet Union1
HISTORY 350-0 Soviet History Through Film1
HISTORY 351-0 Europe in the Age of Total War1
HISTORY 352-0 Global History of Death and Dying1
HISTORY 353-0 History of Capitalism1
HISTORY 367-0 History of Mexico1
HISTORY 376-0 Global Environments and World History (with ENVR_POL 340-0)1
HISTORY 379-0 Biomedicine and World History (with GLBL_HLTH 309-0)1
HISTORY 382-0 The Modern Japanese City1
HISTORY 385-2 History of Modern South Asia, ca. 1750-present1
HISTORY 386-2 History of Modern Southeast Asia Until 19451
HISTORY 386-3 Southeast Asia: Decolonization & Independence1
HISTORY 393-0 Approaches to History1
HISTORY 395-0 Research Seminar1
HISTORY 398-1 Thesis Seminar
HISTORY 398-2 Thesis Seminar
HISTORY 398-3 Thesis Seminar
ISEN 375-0 Issues in Environmental Philosophy (with PHIL 375-0)1
LATIN 310-0 Readings in Latin Literature1
LEGAL_ST 207-0 Legal Studies Research Methods (with SOCIOL 227-0)1
LEGAL_ST 308-0 Sociology of Law (with SOCIOL 318-0)1
LEGAL_ST 398-1 Advanced Research Seminar 1
LEGAL_ST 398-2 Advanced Research Seminar 2
LING 315-0 Experimental Approaches to Word Form Processing1
LING 320-0 Sociolinguistics1
MATH 395-0 Undergraduate Seminar
MMSS 398-1 Senior Seminar
MMSS 398-2 Senior Seminar
MMSS 398-3 Senior Seminar
NEUROSCI 398-0 Senior Thesis Seminar
PHIL 364-0 Business and Professional Ethics1
PHIL 375-0 Issues in Environmental Philosophy (with ISEN 375-0)1
PHIL 380-0 Philosophy of Art
PHIL 398-1 Senior Tutorial
PHIL 398-2 Senior Tutorial
PHYSICS 360-0 Advanced Physics Laboratory
POLI_SCI 395-0 Political Research Seminar
POLI_SCI 398-1 Senior Seminar
POLI_SCI 398-2 Senior Seminar
POLISH 358-1 Polish for Advanced Native Speakers
POLISH 358-2 Polish for Advanced Native Speakers
PSYCH 205-0 Research Methods in Psychology1
PSYCH 345-0 Presenting Ideas and Data (with COG_SCI 345-0)1
RELIGION 295-0 Ahimsa: Nonviolence in South Asia and Beyond1
RELIGION 301-0 Hindu Epics: Mahābhārata1
RELIGION 309-0 Topics in Hinduism1
RELIGION 312-0 Buddhism and Gender1
RELIGION 314-0 Buddhism in the Contemporary World1
RELIGION 316-0 Religion and the Body in China1
RELIGION 351-0 Islamic Law1
RELIGION 360-0 African American Religions1
RELIGION 374-0 Contemporary Religious Thought1
RUSSIAN 302-1 Advanced Russian in Conversations
RUSSIAN 302-2 Advanced Russian in Conversations
RUSSIAN 302-3 Advanced Russian in Conversations
SLAVIC 390-0 History and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe1
SLAVIC 392-0 East European Literature and Visual Arts1
SOCIOL 227-0 Legal Studies Research Methods (with LEGAL_ST 207-0)1
SOCIOL 306-0 Sociological Theory
SOCIOL 318-0 Sociology of Law (with LEGAL_ST 308)1
SOCIOL 320-0 Gender, Health and Medicine1
SOCIOL 329-0 Field Research and Methods of Data Collection
SOCIOL 356-0 Sociology of Gender1
SOCIOL 398-1 Senior Thesis Seminar
SOCIOL 398-2 Senior Thesis Seminar
SPANISH 250-0 Literature in Spain Before 17001
SPANISH 251-0 Literature in Spain Since 17001
SPANISH 260-0 Literature in Latin America Before 18881
SPANISH 261-0 Literature in Latin America Since 18881
SPANISH 335-0 Modern Fiction in Spain1
SPANISH 340-0 Colonial Latin American Literature (taught in Spanish)1
SPANISH 343-0 Latin American Avant-Gardes (taught in Spanish)1
SPANISH 345-0 Reading the 'Boom'1
SPANISH 349-0 Critical Thought in Latin America1
SPANISH 350-0 Visual Culture in Latina/o America and Spain (taught in Spanish)1
TRANS 310-0 Seminar in Transportation and Logistics

 1May also be applied towards a Foundational Discipline and/or US or Global Perspectives on Power, Justice and Equity; see tables on the relevant pages.

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