Writing Course Guidelines
The College of Arts and Sciences requires each student obtaining a degree in the College to complete two specifically designated writing courses (WR) at the 300-level or above. This College programmatic requirement is in addition to the University-wide General Education requirement of ENGL 101 and 102 or equivalent. These upper-level WR courses may both be taken in the major and may fulfill other College or General Education requirements. One WR course may be in a language other than English.
Courses approved for upper-level WR credit must be approved by the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee and will be so designated in their titles.
CRITERIA for WR Courses
- Written assignments shall reflect the discipline’s forms and methods of inquiry.
- Every WR course shall require a minimum of 2400 words of writing in response to several written assignments (papers, essays, tests, reviews, or reports). Faculty assessment shall include recommendations for improvement.
- Course syllabi shall specify all WR requirements for the course.
- Upper-division WR courses shall include a discipline-based research component as a significant part of at least one of the graded writing assignments.
- Enrollment in WR courses shall be limited to 24 students.