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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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What is a W Course?

A W course is one in which students are given ample opportunity to develop as writers. The writing that students engage in will help them succeed in their respective professions. Students will write 20 pages (250 words per page) of evaluated writing spread throughout the semester. Writing can be informal and take the form of lab notebooks, learning logs, or responses. Writing can also be formal, including assignments that address real or imagined academic, professional, or public audiences. At least 10 of the 20 pages will receive written feedback from the instructor for revision.

What are the goals?

Student will be able to:

  • Engage in effective writing processes, including the ability to generate ideas, draft, revise, format, and edit their work.
  • Use writing to grapple with course content and reflect on their learning.
  • Produce texts appropriate for an intended audience, purpose, and context.
  • Display strong technical skills in areas such as grammar, mechanics, and source documentation.

In addition to these competencies, students enrolled in upper-division writing-intensive courses will be able to:

  • Write in academic, professional, or public genres related to the discipline they major in, displaying an understanding of the genres' communicative functions and contexts.
  • Locate, evaluate, analyze, and use source material or data in their writing.

As such, it is strongly recommended that students take at least one "W" course at the upper division and in their major or a complimentary discipline.

What are the requirements?

Click on the link below and scroll to the last two pages for more information about the writing-intensive graduation requirement.

[PDF] Academic Bulletin (66 KiB)