Writing Across-the-Curriculum

  • The Writing Across-the-Curriculum requirement can be accomplished in any part of a student’s curriculum, including major courses, electives, and other Liberal Studies courses, with the exception of the English Composition I and II courses taken to fulfill the Liberal Studies Learning Skills requirements.

    The National Council of Teachers of English recommends class sizes of no more than twenty for composition courses (NCTE, 1999). It is recommended that Writing Across-the-Curriculum courses enroll no more than twenty-five students per section.

    Writing Across-the-Curriculum Expected Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

    Syllabi for courses designed to fulfill the Written Communication Competency-Across-the-Curriculum requirement must provide course content that enables students to achieve the Expected Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes identified below. Course proposals may identify additional objectives from the list of Expected Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes as appropriate to the course content.

    Empowered Learners are critical thinkers who demonstrate intellectual agility and creativity and the ability to manage or create change. They are able to derive meaning from experience and observation. They communicate well in diverse settings and employ various strategies to solve problems. They are empowered through mastery of intellectual and practical skills.

    As Empowered Learners, students will demonstrate:

    • effective oral and written communication abilities.
    • information literacy skills, including the ability to access, evaluate, interpret, and use information from a variety of sources.
    • critical thinking skills, including analysis, application, and evaluation.
    • reflective thinking and the ability to synthesize information and ideas.

    Responsible Learners are engaged citizens of a diverse democratic society who have a deep sense of social responsibility and ethical judgment. They are responsible for their personal actions and civic values.

    As Responsible Learners, students will demonstrate:

    • intellectual honesty.

    Writing Across-the-Curriculum Required Course Content

    Proposals for courses designed to fulfill the Liberal Studies Written Communication Competency-Across-the-Curriculum requirement must include:

    • writing assignments designed to enhance students’ ability to write.
    • guidance to students in conceptualizing, organizing, and presenting written material, giving attention to both the process and product of writing.
    • writing assignments that have clearly defined stages of preparation and regular progress reviews (including feedback from the instructor and opportunities for revision).
    • at least one assignment that requires students to produce a finished, edited document.
    • written assignments throughout the semester that amount to a minimum of fifteen to twenty typed pages or approximately 5,000 words.
    • at least 50 percent of the course grade based on writing assignments.

    Writing Across-the-Curriculum Common Learning Objectives

    All courses meeting this competency will establish the following common learning objectives:

    • At the conclusion of the course, the student should be able to:
      • effectively communicate in writing.
      • respond critically and analytically to materials and sources relevant to the course.
      • discuss/critique his or her own writing.