Writing

Wesleyan's general education curriculum and major curricula require students to write lucidly, logically, and correctly. To enhance student writing, Wesleyan offers WRI 100 (Writing for Nonnative English Speakers) or WRI 101 (Fundamentals of College Writing), courses required of all students who do not demonstrate proficiency in writing when they enter Wesleyan. The Department of English offers additional college-level writing courses which students may take to enhance their writing.

Writing (WRI) Course Descriptions

100: Writing for Nonnative English Speakers.
Goal: To improve the fluency in English of non-native speakers through the study and practice of the processes, rhetorical modes, and conventions of the language expected in an American college setting.
Content: This course addresses challenges faced by non-native speakers as they apply the principles of good writing in a variety of assignments. Such principles include paying attention to the process of writing (prewriting, planning, drafting, seeking feedback, revising, and editing) and accommodating readers' expectations for content and style. In particular, the course encourages writers to marshal evidence in support of a thesis while acknowledging opposing viewpoints.
Taught: Fall.
Credit: 3 hours.

101: Fundamentals of College Writing.
Goal: To produce confident and capable readers and writers. To introduce students to the rigors of college-level reading and writing. To introduce students to the processes, rhetorical modes, and conventions of research-based argumentative writing.
Content: This course enhances writing skills by asking students to apply the principles of good writing in a variety of assignments. Such principles include paying attention to the process of writing (prewriting, planning, drafting, seeking feedback, revising, and editing) and accommodating readers' expectations for content and style. In particular, the course encourages writers to marshal evidence in support of a thesis while acknowledging opposing viewpoints.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Credit: 3 hours.
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