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 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:
- Drew Seminar
- Two WI courses in different disciplines
- WM course(s) required for their major (double majors take WM courses in both majors)
At least one piece of writing from each of these courses is uploaded to an ePortfolio.
The WAC Writing Sequence at Drew Consists of Several Kinds of Courses:
- IN THE FIRST YEAR
- Drew Seminar Writing (DSEM). All first-year students take a writing intensive seminar on a topic of their choice in their first semester at Drew. The course is designed to prepare students for the writing, reading, and critical thinking that will be required of them throughout their college careers.
- Writing Studio is an additional (2-credit) writing course that students may elect to take along with the Drew Seminar.
- Academic Writing courses build on the essential skills offered on the Drew Seminar and are offered in the spring semester. They are open to all students who wish to continue to build their writing skills.
- BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR
- Writing Intensive courses (WI) build on the academic literacy skills taught in the Drew Seminar 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]
- IN THE MAJOR
- 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 Center for Writing Excellence: This center, located in the Academic Commons in the Rose Memorial Library, supports all University faculty, students, and staff through any stage of the writing process. Appointments are recommended. For more information about the Center for Writing Excellent, please visit the CWE website.
- Writing Fellows (Drew Seminar Writing Fellows; Edward W. & Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund Writing Fellows; and Writing & Information Literacy Fellows). For more information on the various kinds of course-embedded undergraduate Writing Fellows see the Writing Fellows page.
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!