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Advising Handbook

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Each major explicitly incorporates significant experience in student writing into its curriculum and/or requirements. The College Curriculum Committee reviews and authorizes proposals submitted by each major. Departments are expected to incorporate writing courses into each of their majors. “Significant experience in writing” typically occurs in at least two courses, but majors may choose to design other generally equivalent plans to encourage advanced competence in writing. Such plans include frequent student writing, feedback on the effectiveness of the writing, and guidance in revision and rewriting. Upper-level writing programs in the majors should build on students’ initial exposure to the principles of written argument in the primary writing courses (WRT 105, WRT 105E, WRT 103 & 104), and students should gain experience in using a range of writing styles and techniques characteristic of their major discipline. Students who elect to do more than one major should expect to fulfill the requirement in each major. Further information is available from the departments’ undergraduate advisors.