The point by point comparison essay format requires the writer to carefully maintain smooth transition on the discussion between the two alternatives in order not to mislead the readers. Consistency and linking statements should be utilized to facilitate a more effective discussion of the topic. Point by point comparison essay format is recommended when the writer can observe key ideas which interrelates the two alternatives. Point by point comparison essay format easily highlights the similarities and difference because the alternatives are discussed side by side. It also produces a more cohesive and logical composition.
Plan B: Use Plan B if you have only a few, larger similarities or differences. After your introduction, in the next paragraph discuss one similarity or difference in BOTH works or characters, and then move on in the next paragraph to the second similarity or difference in both, then the third, and so forth, until you're done. If you are doing both similarities and differences, juggle them on scrap paper so that in each part you put the less important first ("X and Y are both alike in their social positions . ."), followed by the more important ("but X is much more aware of the dangers of his position than is Y"). In this format, the comparing or contrasting goes on in EACH of the middle parts.
The Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing as well as the full time professors are designated undergraduate advisors. One or more of them will be available for advising from Monday through Thursday each week. During these walk-in sessions students may consult about the requirements for the major, application procedures for workshops and how to select the related courses for the major.
Transfer Credit and Study Abroad
Students must obtain the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies to receive credit for courses taken elsewhere. Transfer students and students planning study abroad should bring relevant material—transcripts, course descriptions, syllabi—to the Director, who decides whether and how outside courses may be used for the major. No more than two courses taken elsewhere may be applied to the major.
Majors are expected regularly to fill out the Creative Writing Major Worksheet, to be reviewed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (or Advisor) and submitted, with any notes from Director, to the Undergraduate Coordinator, Dorla McIntosh, in the Creative Writing Program office, 609 Kent Hall.