The Writing Requirement

All entering students become part of the writing culture at Willamette through a series of writing-centered courses taken throughout their college careers. The program, which was initiated in 1995-96, has two central goals: the use of writing to develop understanding of course content across the disciplines, and the progressive development of fluency in writing for a variety of audiences, both general and disciplinary.

Most students will begin college writing in the first-year seminar, College Colloquium (known as World Views from 1987-2005). For single majors, additional writing courses will include a writing-centered credit in the major, a writing-centered credit outside the major, and a writing-centered credit in any field (inside or outside the major). At least one of these credits must be an upper-division course at the 300 or 400 level. For double majors, additional courses will include a writing-centered credit in the first major, a writing-centered credit in the second major, and a writing-centered credit in any field (inside or outside the major). At least one of these credits must be an upper-division course at the 300 or 400 level.

Most transfer students will be required to take two writing-centered courses, as described above. provided the student has already taken the equivalent of one credit of a course similar to our writing-centered course offerings. A transfer student who has had no equivalent course will be required to take three writing-centered courses.

Students transferring in as juniors may request transfer credit for an additional writing-centered course by submitting a petition. This option will be extended to junior transfers during the admission process. Petition forms are available in the Registrar's Office. The deadline for exercising this option will be the end of their first semester at Willamette. Junior transfer students whose petitions are granted will be required to take one additional writing-centered course. This course must satisfy the third writing program requirement.

Writing Program Requirements in table form:

 

CC¤

W in major

W out of Major or in Second Major

Additional W

Students who enter in Fall Semester of the first year

yes

one

one

one

Students who enter after Fall Semester of the first year, with a transferable W-like course*

no

one

one

none

Students who enter after Fall Semester of the first year, without a transferable course

no

one

one

one

Students who enter as juniors with a transferable W-like course

no

one

one

none

All students must have at least one W course numbered 300 and above.

¤ CC Stands for College Colloquium, the first year seminar

*To be determined at entrance, with submission of transcripts

**Junior transfers may petition to have one of these requirements waived if they have a second transferable course.

 

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