Writing in courses across the curriculum can help students:
- develop critical thinking skills
- decrease writing anxiety
- view writing as an important life and learning skill
- improve retention and understanding of course material
- connect with course material
- become familiar with writing conventions of particular career fields
Writing Intensive Courses (WIC) at Ferris are non-freshman-level courses that include a substantial amount of writing. These courses partially satisfy the communication competence general education requirement.
General criteria for WIC courses:
- students write the equivalent of four 3-5 page papers
- students receive instruction in the role of writing in professional/academic settings, strategies for determining document style, effective writing techniques for different audiences, and organizing papers for various purposes.
- students may write in a variety of forms, including correspondence, memoranda, proposals,
reports, logs, descriptions, observations, creative writing, journals, and many other
forms of course-related assignments.
Support for WIC courses includes:
The Writing Center provides assistance for students writing in any course; the Writing Center Web site includes information for faculty on writing, as well as online handbooks and other reference materials.
WIC liaisons from the English, Literature, and World Languages department. Each content area has a designated liaison to provide information about writing and writing in content courses.
For more information about having a current course designated as WIC, developing a new WIC course, or integrating writing into any course, please contact a member of the WIC committee, the General Education.