At Drew, students strengthen their writing skills through all four years of their Liberal Arts General Education, beginning in the Fall of the first year with our Drew Seminars, optional Writing Studio courses, and spring advanced writing courses, and building on those skills through Writing Intensive (WI) and Writing in the Major (WM) courses in our Writing Across the Curriculum Program. Throughout, they are supported by a strong Center for Writing Excellence and Writing Fellows assigned to specific courses.
Writing Minors & Tracks
Creative Writers may declare a Creative Writing Minor, and those who wish to develop their skills further or enter writing or communication-related professions may select from a variety of Writing and Communication Studies courses within the English major or create a self-designed major in some form of communication studies. Students may also participate in an off-campus “Semester in Communications and Media” in New York City.
General Education Writing at Drew
Writing is an art and a craft, and it is learned over time and developed with practice. Different contexts, purposes, and audiences call on us to write in different ways, drawing on previous writing experiences and exploring new possibilities. To facilitate this process of continued growth and development, Drew offers not one all-purpose first-year writing course but a vertical sequence of courses that students take over their four years, satisfying the writing requirement through a combination of courses within and outside of their major(s). 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. Drew Seminars are capped at 16 students, and most Writing Intensive (WI) and Writing in the Major (WM) courses are capped at 20, allowing faculty to provide timely and meaningful feedback and close attention to each writer.
As writing is at the center of everything a college student does, Drew has a Center for Writing Excellence staffed with trained student tutors where undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty can receive professional feedback on their writing and support at all stages of the writing process. Undergraduate Writing Fellows are also assigned to work with students in WI and WM courses, combining training in writing studies with discipline-specific knowledge to help students build on what they have learned in previous courses and become more flexible writers overall.
The Writing Sequence at Drew Consists of Several Kinds of Courses:
- Drew Writing Seminar (WRTG) is required of all first-year students at Drew. These courses, taught by faculty from across the curriculum on topics of interest to them, prepare students for the writing they will do throughout their college careers. More information to follow.
- 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]
Major/Minor Requirements & Course List
Please view the college catalog for a full and up to date list of requirements and courses for this program.
Please visit the following links for more information:
- Writing Across the Curriculum
- Center for Writing Excellence
- Writing and Communication Studies in the English Dept.