This course is a variable credit (1-3 credits), writing proficiency, self-paced, independent study course. Students earn from one to three academic credits through personal study, research, and writing essays about topics selected from several possible subject areas. For each writing proficiency credit, students first write a detailed outline; after outline approval, a draft essay is written which includes a 'Works Cited' section; upon approval of a draft essay, a final essay is written. Students receive a grade for each essay and a final course grade as well. Academic Credit and Writing Proficiency Points are earned as follows: one credit/point for each approved and graded final essay. Each final essay must be preceded by an approved Topic outline and a draft essay.