Writing Across the Curriculum: Information for Students

Every student must successfully complete two Writing Intensive courses, one of which must be in the student's major. Successful completion of English 101/102 or 103/104 is a prerequisite.

Students may satisfy the Writing Intensive requirement by taking any courses designated as "Writing Intensive" and displaying "Q" in the section code.

A successful semester in a writing intensive class starts with understanding the quality and quantity of writing expected of the student. This session will focus on strategies for understanding writing assignments, planning the evidence-gathering and drafting process, and using the university’s various resources to tackle these assignments successfully.

This session will focus on location and of sources and strategies for proper citation and attribution in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. A Dana library reference librarian will co-teach this session.

This session will focus selection and presentation of evidence, establishment of your own voice, and strategies for connective analysis of secondary and primary sources. We will also discuss the difference between summary and analysis, and the different kinds of summary that contribute to analysis.

This workshop will focus on writing a paper as a process of presenting evidence, organizing body paragraphs, drafting, and revising. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for revision and drafting to improve the paper's overall cohesion, both within and between paragraphs.

At the conclusion of the drafting and revision process, it is necessary to pay close attention to the overall polish of an essay before submitting a final draft.  This workshop will assist you in identifying and correcting common grammatical errors in order to continue to address individualized patterns of error. It will also address the importance of sentence style, syntax, word choice, clarity, use of academic language, final revision of the thesis statement, and attention to paragraph focus and paragraph flow.