FAQs

Writing Across the Curriculum

Where can I find more information about the WAC program?

The WAC website contains a full description of the program. You may also contact the WAC Coordinator, Dr. Joe Law, in his office in 280A University Hall, by phone at (937) 775-2155, or by email joe.law@wright.edu.

What if I'm a returning student and there was no WAC program when I was a student here before?

All students must complete two WI courses in their major.

The number of IW Core courses you need to take will depend on the number of Core classes you had already completed when you left the University. See your advisor as soon as possible to determine the requirement and how best to meet it.

What if I'm a transfer student?

All students must complete two WI courses in their major.

For the Core requirement, the number of IW courses you will need to take will depend on how much of the Core you have completed when you enter Wright State. When your transcript is evaluated, you should be told how many IW Core courses you need to complete. See your advisor right away to determine how best to meet the requirement.

What are the approved advanced writing courses?
  • ENG 3000 Business Writing
  • ENG 3600 Technical Writing
What should I do if I don't get WI credit for a class I've taken?

You can meet the requirement in several ways. As soon as you know you did not receive the credit, see your advisor to determine the way best suited to your own situation.

What should I do if I do not successfully complete the required number of IW courses?

You can meet the requirement in several ways. As soon as you know you did not receive the credit, see your advisor to determine the way best suited to your own situation.

What do I have to do to get IW credit for the class?

To receive the credit, you must pass the course.

How will the course be graded?

Writing is an integral part of the course and is a significant part of the grade for the course. You cannot pass an IW course without completing the writing assignments.

How will I know if a class is IW?

IW classes will be identified in the course schedule you use for enrolling in classes each quarter.

What's the purpose of the WAC program?

The WAC program has three main goals:

  • to help students grow as writers
  • to encourage students to use writing as a tool to discover and communicate ideas, and
  • to introduce students to discipline-specific ways of writing.

Wright State students will be able to produce writing that

  • Demonstrates their understanding of course content,
  • Is appropriate for the audience and purpose of a particular writing task,
  • Demonstrates the degree of mastery of disciplinary writing conventions appropriate to the course (including documentation conventions), and
  • Shows competency in standard edited American English.
How does the transition to semesters affect the WAC requirements?

The requirement for the major is unchanged. All students must complete two designated IW courses in the major. On quarters, four WI general education courses were required; for transition students, the requirement has been reduced to three IW courses in the Core. Students may satisfy the requirement with any combination of WI quarter courses and IW semester courses.

What are the requirements?

The requirement has two parts: writing in the Wright State Core and writing in the major.

  1. In addition to the first and second writing courses in Element 1 of the Core, students must complete at least two designated integrated writing (IW) courses in the Core. IW courses are available in each element in the Core.
  2. Students must complete two designated IW courses in their major.
What is Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)?

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is a comprehensive program extending writing throughout each student's undergraduate career. In order to graduate, all students must successfully complete a minimum of four courses with the integrated writing (IW) designation.