The purpose of the WID Requirement is to provide students with a second-tier writing-intensive experience focused on individual disciplines and professional writing within particular fields. Our goal is to encourage students to write at increasing levels of sophistication and to expose them to contrasting rhetorical situations and a variety of audiences, improving their abilities in writing and critical thinking over time. WID courses are typically situated within individual departments and majors, with some exceptions. (Additional courses fulfilling the WID requirement will be situated in the Writing Program to accommodate students who are unable to fulfill the requirement in their majors.)
The emphasis on writing in WID courses is to expose them to writing, inquiry, and critical thinking within a discipline or field rather than to give them practice in basic composition. Although all WID instructors are expected to provide feedback on students’ writing and require revision, the success of a WID course depends primarily on an instructor’s commitment to the writing-intensive concept rather than a particular formula or method. Typically, this requirement is fulfilled in the junior year, providing continuity of exposure, practice, and challenge. (Therefore, capstone courses are generally not identified as WIDs.) Departments and program may propose a new WID course or adapt an existing course within the major.
Students in all WID courses will demonstrate:
Instructors may use a wide variety of formative and summative strategies to assess student writing, thinking, and research, including traditional paper grading, high-stakes and low-stakes assignments, intellectual journals, peer review, reading response papers, sequenced writing assignments, performance tasks (emphasizing problem solving), discipline-specific rubrics, and/or portfolio assessment (emphasizing the writing process and the importance of revision).