The purpose of the course essays is to apply the knowledge you have accumulated throughout your college career, thereby demonstrating your mastery of the outcomes for a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. Each essay is meant to be related to your subsequent essays. You will start with the first essay and identify what your area of study is within liberal arts (this can also be an area of focus, a depth or an area of interest). You are to focus on your area and extrapolate what you are learning through these essays. You are not to explore new fields in this course. The final project will be built upon all the essays you write in this course. So, choose carefully what you plan to write about from the start! Everything is expected to interrelate.
This essay is the foundational start to your writing in this course. In this essay, you will write about a global issue in your area of interest. For example, if you have studied environmental studies, you might want to write this paper about global pollution (This example is being used because it is what Elder and Paul use in their article, Analytical Thinking. Remember, you cannot use pollution as your topic.) See page 6 in Elder and Paul's article, Analytical Thinking, as an example.
In the previous class, you selected a topic for this paper. This was your first step. Here are the remaining steps to follow:
Research your chosen topic in the library. Do not use Wikipedia.
Select three to five scholarly research pieces about your topic.
Using the article by Elder and Paul, Analytical Thinking, refer to pages 5 and 6. On pages 5 and 6 are examples of how to apply the "8 Elements of Reasoning."
You cannot use "pollution" as a topic, since that is the Elder and Paul example.
Write your responses to the list that Elder and Paul provide in narrative form; bulleted lists will not be accepted.
Use your references to support your answers.
This paper is to demonstrate your critical thinking skills. As such, you are to take what you have researched and analyze and synthesize what is written. You are to form educated responses to the Elder and Paul list, which means you need to include evidence from experts in your field.
Some remaining guidelines:
Write 1250 - 1500 words
Double space
Include a title page
Include a "references" page using APA
Do not include an "abstract"
Use the APA style guide for your citations
Do not plagiarize
Check for grammar - all of the essays in this course must be grammatically correct.

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