Writing: Courses flagged for Writing reinforce students' ability to write in ways that emphasize clarity, coherence, intellectual force and stylistic control. Writing skills include the ability to understand and engage the discourse, rhetorical situation, and written conventions of a particular discipline; to express and interpret ideas—both their own and those of others—in clear written language; and to critique and revise written work, both their own and those of others. In order to build upon the foundational writing skills developed in the First Year Seminar and Rhetorical Arts courses, students must take two (2) courses satisfying the writing flag. Since understanding the disciplinary conventions is fundamental to a student's ability to work within a discipline, it is recommended that at least one of the two writing flags come from a course in the student's major.

Assignments that develop writing skills must account for at least 30% of the total course grade to qualify a course to satisfy the flag for writing. These assignments should include literature reviews (or other similar texts as appropriate to the discipline), rough drafts, and final drafts (demonstrating significant revisions), and should require students to seek out editorial comments and reader responses from peers and the professor. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Research papers
  • Technical reports
  • Journal articles
  • Creative writing projects
  • Multiple smaller writing projects throughout the course

Course Criteria