The ability to write effectively is essential to a liberal arts education because writing helps people to learn, to express themselves, and to communicate with others effectively. The writing program’s mission is to help students learn to write for varied audiences and purposes, as well as to integrate writing into student learning in all disciplines. The college offers a variety of writing courses, writing-designated courses across the curriculum, and a writing center to support the learning of all student writers.
All students must complete a minimum of 3 designated writing (W) courses. All “W” courses seek to improve students’ writing skills and entail a substantial writing component. Students can select designated “W” courses in the Writing Program and in departments and programs across the curriculum. Students may also have additional writing requirements in their major(s).
The Writing Center is a place for students to work with a peer tutor on any aspect or stage of every kind of writing assignment. Writing tutors can help students understand an assignment, generate ideas, conduct and document research, revise a draft, and improve punctuation and grammar.