An online program for Summer 2022 designed for students who are about to undertake or are currently undertaking a master's degree. Available at the introductory rate of just $550 (500 Euros) for the full four-week course.

Course schedule: 

  • Summer I term: June 1st-June 30th 2022
  • Meeting time: 5:00-7:00pm Rome time (CET) ONLINE
  • Meeting days: Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs

Please note: this is a zero-credit course.

This in-depth, intensive course prepares students to plan, research, and write academic-level research papers autonomously. Students will learn to write at a graduate level while developing the research, composition, and argumentation skills they need to succeed in graduate programs. The course will suit students who entered one of The American University of Rome's graduate programs in fall 2021 or spring 2022. It is also open to any student who wishes to study and prepare at this level, regardless of whether they are coming to AUR or entering another graduate school. Students will be guided through all writing stages, from preparing or reviewing an articulated research proposal, to collecting sources and arranging them in an annotated bibliography, to outlining, drafting, and, finally, completing the paper in accordance with current APA guidelines.

Academic writing is a process and students unused to the rigors of graduate-level writing will benefit from a thorough introduction to the conventions and requirements of their disciplines. When writing in an academic context, it is essential to learn those conventions that apply. The best way to do this is through exposure, analysis, and practical application, and through detailed mentorship from professors in the field. This specialized program will, through exercises that make graduate-level research, composition, and presentation explicit, provide the necessary contextual skills for the development of accomplished graduate-level work.

Course Learning Objectives
At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. autonomously plan, research, and write an academic paper on an appropriate case study.
  2. find, select, and use secondary sources relevant to the aims of the research paper.
  3. use APA style to format the paper, from the front page to works cited.
  4. self-direct in improving their writing skills, from content organization to grammar, structure, and style.

Course Learning Activities
All course-learning activities are building blocks towards the final research paper.

  • Annotated bibliography worksheets
  • Reading and annotating academic sources
  • Short papers
  • Research proposal for a final paper project
  • Outlining/Preliminary outline
  • Research Paper.


New students - find out more here.

Current AUR students- email Susan Kaesz to sign up