Description of WAC at Drew:
All courses in the writing sequence share a general concern for the written word and the process of writing. They use writing as a mode of learning, assign frequent writing that is incorporated into the course, and provide feedback and the opportunity to revise papers based on that feedback. In WI and WM courses, class size is capped at 20, which allows for timely and meaningful feedback and close attention to each writer.
The WAC Writing Sequence at Drew Consists of Several Kinds of Courses:
- College Writing (WRTG) is required of all first-year students at Drew. These courses prepare students for the writing they will do throughout their college careers. For more information, please visit the College Writing page.
- Writing Intensive courses (WI) build on the academic literacy skills taught in College Writing and expand those skills. They require students to use writing as a mode of learning and as a way of entering scholarly conversations about topics presented in a course. WI courses may not require any more pages of writing than regular sections of the same course; however, they do require that faculty provide sufficient written feedback on student writing and that students use such feedback to rethink, revise and improve their writing. This process of writing, engaging with feedback, and revising is the heart of the writing-intensive course experience. [WI Outcomes]
- Writing in the Major courses and course sequences (WM) are designed to introduce students to the conversations in the field and invite them to join those conversations using the writing style and format of the discipline (or disciplines) of the major. The purpose of WM courses is to teach students to understand and practice the kinds of writing that are specific to the discipline in which they are studying. For this reason, no two WM courses look the same; however, all WM courses and course sequences share the same broad goals. [WM Outcomes]
The WAC Program Provides a Range of Support for Student Writers:
- The University Writing Center: This center, located off the Brother’s College main lobby, supports all University faculty, students, and staff through any stage of the writing process. Appointments are recommended. For more information about the Writing Center, please visit the Writing Center page.
- College Writing Fellows: This grant-funded program assigns undergraduate Writing Fellows to first year writing courses. Contact the Assistant Director of the Drew University Writing Center and Coordinator of the Content Tutoring Program, Dr. Maya Sanyal for more information about being or working with a College Writing Fellow.
- Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund Writing Fellows: This grant-funded program assigns undergraduate writing fellows to work with a range of different Writing Intensive (WI) and Writing in the Major (WM) courses throughout the College curriculum. Contact the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Professor Sandra Jamieson for more information about being or working with a WAC Writing Fellow.
- Writing and Information Literacy Fellows: This program is a collaboration between the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and the Drew University Library. Undergraduate Writing Fellows will be assigned to Writing Intensive and Writing in the Major courses throughout the College curriculum to work with students on a range of research and writing skills. This program is under development and seeking funding. Contact the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Professor Sandra Jamieson for more information.
Resources for Student Writers
Writing Across the Curriculum: How to rock WI and WM courses
These resources will help you use the reading, writing, researching, and critical thinking skill you learned in one class to help you succeed in another. Learn the conventions–and expectations–of each discipline and how and why they use writing to report and advance knowledge in the field.
Writing Beyond College: How to get and keep that job
These resources will help you use the reading, writing, researching, and critical thinking skills you learned at Drew to help you get–and keep–that internship or job!