Compass Curriculum

Writing Intensive (WIC) 

What is the objective, or purpose, of Writing Intensive courses?

Writing intensive (WIC) classes are listed among the high impact practices that promote student engagement and learning. In WI designated classes, writing is embedded in the course to help students think critically about course content, practice core writing skills, develop information literacy, and gain an understanding of disciplinary specific writing conventions and ways of knowing. These courses help students develop competencies established in the first-year writing sequence, ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1410/2080/2090/INOV2100.

Writing Intensive courses are grounded in the following theoretical assumptions:

  • Writing and thinking are interconnected recursive processes
  • Writing can play an important role in students' engagement with and understanding of course material
  • Writing must be practiced across contexts in order to promote transfer of learning
  • Writing is a process, and all aspects of the process, from invention through drafting and revision must be taught
  • Writing abilities develop over time and across opportunities to write
  • Writers develop when they receive meaningful feedback on their work from peers and faculty
  • Writers need instruction as they develop into members of a disciplinary community
  • Instructors in the disciplines are best positioned to provide students instruction in disciplinary specific writing conventions

How are Writing Intensive courses be structured?

Students are required to take 2 WIC-designated courses beyond the two writing program courses (ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1410, ENGL 2080, ENGL 2090, or INOV 2100). One WI-designated course must at the upper-division level. This WI component could be integrated into courses within students' majors, general electives, or general education coursework.

Courses may be designated Writing Intensive if they meet the following criteria:

  • Assign writing of at least 3000 words (approximately 12 pages) over multiple assignments and/or multiple submissions (revisions) of specific assignments (both formal and informal). Note that word count accrues across multiple submissions of an assignment. Assignments can be revised multiple times, with each revision contributing to the total word count.
  • Emphasize, through course assignments and class discussions, writing as a process
  • Devote class time to discussion of genre features and writing strategies
  • Provide students with feedback about their writing, including instructor and peer review, and allow at least one opportunity to submit revisions based on feedback
  • Assess writing assignments as a major portion of course grade (at least 25-30%)

Note that WIC courses provide multiple opportunities for sustained engagement in writing. As such, the WIC designation is not fulfilled via a single term paper due at the end of the course. Instead, the traditional "term paper" assignment can be broken into stages and supported through class discussion, peer review opportunities, and drafting. Written texts are means of creating and sharing knowledge within and among disciplines.

Goal 3: Act and Interact

  • Writing helps shape our understanding of concepts and promotes deeper processing of ideas generated from reading, listening, and thinking.
  • Writing can be a form of action in the world through grant proposals, op ed pieces, policy statements, and articles.
  • Writing is a medium through which we interact and engage with our communities.

Courses Available:

Writing Intensive Courses (WIC)

Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
NURS 2200- Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
NURS 4290-Advanced Nursing
HSCI 4010- Health Science Research
HSCI 4209- Clinical Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics
HSCI 4670- Health Assessment
HSCI 4930- Medical Nutrition Therapy I
HSCI 4950- Exercise Testing and Prescription
HSCI 4960- Medical Nutrition Therapy II
HSCI 4590- Concepts of Health and Disease
HSCI 4810- Allied Health Completion Summit
College of Business
BUAD 3000- Integrated Skills for Management
College of Education
TED 4400- Children's Literature
College of Engineering
GDD 2150- Fundamental Game Design Concepts
MAE 3040- Engineering Ethics
MAE 3130- Fluid Mechanics
MAE 3310- Heat and Mass Transfer
INOV 2010- Innovation Team: Analyze and Report
INOV 3010- Innovation Team: Research and Execute
INOV 4010- Innovation Team: Design and Lead
BIOL 3411- Conservation Ecology
BIOL 4790- Laboratory Methods in Human Physiology
Letters, Arts, and Sciences
CHEM 1331- General Chemistry Majors II
CHEM 2001- Practical Scientific Writing
CHEM 4011- Instrumental Analysis
COMM 3240- Business and Professional Communication
COMM 4350- Critical Analysis of Popular Culture
ENGL 1800- Fundamentals of Creative Writing: Multiple Genres
ENGL 2030- Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 2040- Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction Prose
ENGL 2050- Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 2600- Literature: The Global Perspective
ENGL 2820- Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing
ENGL 2920- Exploring English Studies: Sustainability
ENGL 2930- Exploring English Studies: Inclusiveness
ENGL 3010- Advance Rhetoric and Writing
ENGL 3080- Advanced Business and Technical Writing
ENGL 3120- Technical Editing and Style
ENGL 3910- Topics in Literature
ENGL 4860- Special Topics in Rhetoric and Writing
ENGL 4880- Topics in Public Rhetorics
ENGL 4970- Seminar in Shakespeare Studies
Environmental Sciences
ENSC 4090- Image Processing/ GES 4090
GES 3820- Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
GES 4090- Image Processing
GES 4560- Cultural and Political Ecology
HIST 1400- Latin America to 1810
HIST 1410- Latin America Since 1810
HIST 1600- Making of the Modern Middle East I
HIST 3160- History of Ancient Egypt
HIST 3220- Genocide: The Case of Nazis and Jews
HIST 3480- Ideas, Identities, and Indiscretions: Transformations in Early Modern Europe (1400-1800 c.e.)
HIST 3550- Religion and American Culture: 1500-2000
HIST 3560- Modern Mexico
HIST 3590- Latin American History Through Film
HIST 4110- Early Medieval Europe
HIST 4130- Baghdad to Burgos: Jews, Christians, & Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean World (600-1500 c.e)
HIST 4150- Astrolabes, Arms, & Azulejos (Tiles):Medieval Science, Technology, & Material Culture(600-1500 c.e.)
HIST 4160- A Crossroads of Civilizations: Medieval Spain and North Africa (600-1500 c.e.)
HIST 4280- Beyond the Pillars of Hercules: The Trans-Atlantic Empires of Spain and Portugal (1450 - 1750)
HIST 4750- Modern Japan
HIST 4770- Vietnam Wars
HIST 4780- History of Modern Southeast Asia
HIST 4803- Research Seminar: American West
HIST 4830- Research Seminar: Depression and War, 1929-1945
HIST 4880- Research Seminar: Civil Rights in American History
HIST 4990- Senior Thesis Seminar: Approaches to the Study of History
HUM 3990- Special Topics in the Humanities
PHIL 1300- Introduction to Philosophies of Asia
Political Science
PSC 4230- The United States in World Politics
PSC 4470- Constitutional Law
PSC 4480- Civil Rights and Liberties
PSY 2110- Introduction to Psychological Research and Measurements
SOC 2120- Introduction to Social Research /CJ 3100
AH 1500- Art and Ideas: Michelangelo to Basquiat
AH 3240- The Art of Greece and Rome
AH 3250- Women, Visual Arts, and Culture
AH 3860- Contemporary Art
AH 4980- Senior Seminar in Art History
VAPA 1500- Arts Innovations: Methods and Practices
WEST 3990- Readings in Multiethnic Literature
School of Public Affairs
CJ 3100- Criminal Justice Research Methods
CJ 3250- Violence in Society
CJ 3990- Art, Graffiti and Crime