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.

  • 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]
  • 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]
  • General Education Writing ePortfolio. All students are assigned an individual ePortfolio, which they can use to reflect on and assess their progress as writers over their years at Drew. They begin by submitting the “First Day Essay,” a piece of writing in which they describe and reflect on how they accomplished a writing project completed before they arrived at Drew. Then at the end of their DSEM, they submit their final paper and an essay describing and reflecting on the the process of writing it. Students submit a paper and reflection for two WI courses and a WM course, and are invited to submit a final essay describing and reflecting on their process of creating their capstone project.   This ePortfolio is also used to assess the writing program.

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!