Writing-Intensive Requirement (Writing in the Major)
Writing-intensive courses (designated "WI" in the Schedule of Classes) introduce students to the writing conventions and intellectual traditions of their major.
Every academic discipline has its own requirements concerning form, style and methods of citation, which writing-intensive courses teach. But these courses do not teach writing simply as a way to articulate what is learned. They use writing as a mode of acquiring knowledge and understanding in their particular discipline.
Students will fulfill the writing-intensive requirement through coursework taken in the completion of their major or other options described in the requirements for the major.
Writing-intensive classes share the following attributes:
- They require a significant amount of discipline-appropriate writing.
- They require frequent writing activities.
- They require thoughtful revisions informed by feedback from an instructor, teaching fellow or peer.
- They use writing as a means to increase mastery of the discipline.
- They provide instruction on the style and content of discipline-based texts.
- They provide models of exemplary writing from the discipline.
- They evaluate both the writing quality and content of student work.