What We Do.
At Drew, students strengthen their writing through a General Education writing sequence beginning in the first year with a writing enriched Drew Seminar and progressing through the four years in Writing Intensive courses and a Writing in the Major course or course sequence. This process is supported by small classes in a structured program where advanced courses build on the skills introduced in the first year sequence. All Drew Seminars and many Writing Intensive courses are also supposed by undergraduate course-embedded Writing Fellows. Students can review and reflect on their progress via writing they upload to their personal Writing ePortfolio.
The Drew Seminar introduces students to the intellectual life of the liberal arts college. The seminars revolve around an intellectual area of exploration, designed by the faculty member. The Drew Seminar is rigorous and analytical, engaging explorations of a significant question, mode of inquiry, or topic. The goal is to help students develop the academic skills and habits of mind that are central to higher education; faculty share their intellectual passions and welcome students into the collaborative culture of the liberal arts college. The seminar will help students develop the following skills and habits of mind: critical thinking, writing skills, rhetorical knowledge, oral communication, and information literacy. Activities include formal and informal writing, discussion of readings, oral presentation, and writing revision.
The seminar will help students develop the following skills and habits of mind:
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
Each Drew Seminar will be assigned a Drew Writing Fellow, an undergraduate student trained to work with peers as they strengthen their writing skills.
Some students may elect to also co-register for Writing Studio, where they will continue to strengthen their writing skills conjunction with the seminar.
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 Writing Intensive and Writing in the Major courses, class size is generally capped at 20, which allows for timely and meaningful feedback and close attention to each writer. Drew Seminars are capped at 16 students, and Writing Studio at 12 students.
The WAC program has a vertical curriculum beginning with the Drew Seminar and Writing Studio in the first semester, followed by Academic Writing, Writing Intensive (WI), and Writing in the Major (WM) courses and course sequences. Students are required to take the following:
At least one piece of writing from each of these courses is uploaded to an ePortfolio.
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.
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!
Writing in the Majors (WM) courses 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. The purpose of WM courses is to teach students to understand and practice the kinds of writing that are specific to the discipline (or combination of disciplines) 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.Worksheet for planning WM course objectives Use this form to help you think through what your objectives for writing in the major are. These objectives will be discipline-specific. Also see the WM workshop for more suggestions.WM course approval form (CAPC) This form must be completed and submitted to CAPC before a course or courses can be designated as WM.Approved WM courses (CAPC) Current list of approved WM courses.
All students are assigned an individual ePortfolio (look for “My ePortfolio” in Moodle), which they can use to reflect on and assess their progress as writers over their years at Drew. Contents include
This ePortfolio is also used (anonymously) to assess the writing program.
After completing the DSEM (and Writing Studio if they elect to take that class) students may register for Writing Intensive (WI) courses and once they select a major, they will take a Writing in the Major (WM) course or course sequence.
Students can also study writing and communication as a field through a track in the English Major. This program mixes advanced writing courses (writing for social media, nature writing, journalism, business writing), the study of written communication (history of rhetoric, nineteenth century rhetoric, gender and communications, theories of authorship, workplace communication, tutoring writing), with reading and analyzing literature to produce graduates who read deeply, write powerfully, and communicate effectively.
Students can also select creative writing as a track in the English major, combining the study of literature, poetry, drama, and film with creation of written texts in writing workshops.
Learn more about opportunities for writing studies @ Drew: