Gen Ed at Lehman

Writing Intensive Course Requirements

Guidelines for Writing-Intensive Courses
Approved by the Senate, December 10, 2014

Students are required to complete four course sections designated as W - Writing-Intensive (some transfer students will complete fewer than four); at least one "W" section must be completed after the student has completed 60 credits. "W" sections, at all course levels, create class environments that provide students with opportunities to use writing as an essential tool for learning course material and for engaging in the academic and professional discipline specific conversations. Online and hybrid sections are not necessarily writing-intensive. The post-60 credit section should be a 300- or above-level course within the student’s major.

Guidelines for departments/programs
Departments/programs will:

Guidelines for instructors
Instructors will:

The following student learning outcomes are central to writing-intensive course sections and should appear in syllabi of "W" sections: Students in writing-intensive course sections will:

  • Understand, summarize, synthesize, and critique course material using informal and formal writing.
  • Employ writing as an essential tool for learning course material.
  • Formulate and support a central argument or claim in their formal writing assignments, effectively integrating and organizing evidence to support their claims.
  • Practice writing for different purposes, audiences, and in various media.
  • Compose multiple drafts to revise and improve writing.
  • Apply feedback from faculty and/or peers during the revision process.
  • Follow the writing conventions of the discipline and its related professions.
  • Cite sources according to the preferred style guidelines of a particular discipline.
  • Follow the conventions of English grammar and mechanics in their writing.

  • For further pedagogical recommendations, additional readings, and upcoming workshops or individual consultations, contact the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) coordinators.

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