Writing Extensive

Course Guidelines

In order to qualify as a Writing Extensive course, it must

1. require students to produce a minimum of five written assignments consisting of a minimum of 10 pages and 3,000 words (or the equivalent). This must take place in one course (commonly in one semester, but for some capstones, two semesters);
2. require at least one writing assignment to be revised, preferably after receiving feedback from the faculty member;
3. provide instruction on how sources should be gathered, as well as how they should be presented and cited in a disciplinarily appropriate fashion. Students will demonstrate these skills in at least one written assignment;
4. assign at least three different types of writing. These could be drawn from a wide range of different types of writing: research papers, analysis papers, application papers, causal analysis papers, reflective essays, summaries, notes, journal entries, epistles, dialogues, observation papers, persuasive papers, position papers, proofs, lab reports, etc. Blue-book exams are not included in this list.
5. stipulate that written assignments will comprise at least 20% of the final grade for the course.

Faculty are encouraged to break down major writing projects to help students practice the skills of gathering and analyzing data, formulating a thesis or hypothesis, and presenting ideas and data in a disciplinarily appropriate manner.

Co-curricular Guidelines

Students may fulfill one (1) of the five required Writing Extensive by participation in a co-curricular activity. In order to qualify for Writing Extensive credit, such experiences must

1. be completed in one semester;
2. require at least five written assignments, consisting of a minimum of 10 pages and 3,000 words;
3. require writing original to the experience;
4. require a revision process;
5. have an audience beyond the student and the faculty supervisor (that is, a purely personal diary or journal cannot qualify).
6. stipulate collection of written work into a portfolio, which will be assessed by the faculty sponsoring the experience (such as internships) or the student’s major advisor (for non-credit awarding experiences). The faculty member will confirm that the work meets all these criteria and award it a PASS/FAIL designation and notify the registrar’s office via email if the student passes and is awarded a Writing Extensive credit.


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