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Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

In addition to ENG 101 and 102, students must complete a minimum of six designated Writing Intensive (WI) courses, four in General Education (GE) and two in the major. Effective fall 1996, this requirement applies to all new students and transfer students, and to returning students who were last enrolled at Wright State summer quarter 1995.

Writing Across the Curriculum in General Education
In addition to ENG 101 and 102, all undergraduate students must complete at least four Writing Intensive (WI) general education courses or allowable substitutions.* GE Writing Intensive courses will be available within a number of areas, including (but not limited to) the following: Area II (all Non-Western World classes); Area III (SOC 200, WMS 200, EC 290, and some sections of EC 200); Area IV (all Great Books classes); Area V (some classes); Area VI (all classes). Students completing the 1987 General Education program may count Writing Intensive courses in the 2003 GE program toward fulfilling their writing intensive requirements.

* WI sections of the approved General Education substitution courses are available. Students should consult with an academic advisor before registering for a GE substitution course.

Writing Across the Curriculum in General Education-Requirements for Transfer Students
Transfer students who have completed the Ohio Transfer Module will be considered as having met the Writing in GE requirements. Transfer students who have completed at least 75 percent (40 hours) of the Transfer Module may meet the Writing in GE requirement by completing one Writing Intensive GE course. Transfer students who have completed less than 75 percent (40 hours) of the Transfer Module must complete the university's General Education requirements, including the Writing in GE requirement, as follows: students with 50 percent to 74 percent (28-39 hours) of General Education completed must successfully complete two WI courses, in addition to English 101 and 102; those with 25 percent to 49 percent (14-27 hours) of General Education completed must successfully complete three WI courses, in addition to English 101 and 102; and those with less than 25 percent (fewer than 14 hours) of General Education completed must successfully complete four designated WI courses, in addition to English 101 and 102.

When students cannot complete four Writing Intensive courses in General Education, they may apply credit from a third Writing Intensive course in the major, if available. No Writing Intensive course in the major will be counted toward both General Education and writing in the major requirements. Transfer students who do not successfully complete the WAC requirements may satisfy the requirements for writing proficiency in GE by completing the appropriate substitution described in Alternative Ways of Meeting WAC Requirements.

Writing Across the Curriculum in General Education-Requirements for Returning Students
Returning students who were last enrolled at Wright State summer quarter 1995 and who have not completed the General Education requirements must complete the Writing in General Education requirements as follows: students with at least 75 percent (40-56 hours) of General Education completed must successfully complete one WI course, in addition to ENG 101 and 102; those with 50 percent to 74 percent (28-39 hours) of General Education completed must successfully complete two WI courses, in addition to ENG 101 and 102; those with 25 percent to 49 percent (14-27 hours) of General Education completed must successfully complete three WI courses, in addition to ENG 101 and 102; and those with less than 25 percent (fewer than 14 hours) of General Education completed must successfully complete four Writing Intensive courses, in addition to ENG 101 and 102.

When returning students who still need Writing Intensive credit in General Education courses have already taken earlier versions of General Education courses now designated as Writing Intensive, those students may apply credit from a third Writing Intensive course in the major, if available. No Writing Intensive course in the major will be counted toward both General Education and writing in the major requirements.

Returning students who do not successfully complete the requirements above may satisfy the requirements for writing proficiency in GE by completing the appropriate substitution described in Alternative Ways of Meeting WAC Requirements.

Writing Across the Curriculum in the Major
WAC in the major requires students to complete at least two WI courses in their major field. Successful completion of ENG 101 and 102 is a prerequisite for all WI courses in the major. All incoming first-year students, transfer students, and returning students who were last enrolled at Wright State summer quarter 1995 must complete this portion of WAC for their degree requirements. Beginning fall 1996, WSU graduates returning to take a second degree must complete at least two WI courses in the new major.

Students pursuing a dual major may have the writing requirements for the second major waived at the discretion of the department or college.

Alternative Ways of Meeting WAC Requirements
Students who do not successfully complete the WI portion of four GE courses (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102) may satisfy the requirements for writing proficiency in GE in any one of the following three ways: (1) pass the WI portion of at least two GE courses and earn a grade of C or better in an approved advanced writing course; (2) pass the WI portion of at least two GE courses and prepare an acceptable portfolio that includes writing on demand; (3) earn a grade of C or better in an approved advanced writing course and prepare an acceptable portfolio that includes writing on demand. Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the most appropriate means of satisfying this requirement.

To fulfill the WI requirements in the major, students may, under rare circumstances, complete an Independent Writing Project or a designated WI independent reading course to fulfill only one of the two-course requirements in the major. This option requires the approval of the department chair and is not available to students for fulfilling the GE requirement.

 
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