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IWC Guiding Principles

In Writing Intensive Courses students:

  • are introduced to, practice, and ultimately gain mastery in producing written forms commonly found in the academic disciplines and professional contexts of RIT,
  • practice reading, writing, and revising these common forms, and
  • learn to express their ideas effectively with attention to audience expectations, context, and conventions.

There are, however, important distinctions among the three types of WI courses.

First Year Writing (University Writing Program and Other Departments)
First Year Writing is a General Education "Foundations" category of course that plays an essential role in students' transition from secondary to post-secondary education. What distinguishes FYW from the other WI course is that students:

  • learn about the social and intellectual aspects of writing in the university, and
  • develop critical reading, writing, research and reflection practices required for academic success.

General Education W-I (Departments offering "Perspective" and "Immersion" Courses)
General Education Writing Intensive courses are located throughout the curriculum and use writing to engage students in course content. General Education WI courses reinforce the knowledge and practices introduced in First Year Writing. In General Education Writing Intensive courses students:

  • are introduced to and practice reading, writing, and revising written forms common to the various disciplinary contexts of General Education "Perspective" and "Immersion" courses.

Program Writing Intensive (Departments offering Bachelor's-level Degree Programs)
Program Writing Intensive courses are located in disciplinary contexts and apprentice students in specific forms of writing. Program WI courses reinforce the knowledge and practices introduced in First Year Writing. In Program WI courses students:

  • gain mastery of written forms specific to the students major area of study at RIT.