The Writing Program

Director: Velenchik (Economics)
Senior Lecturer: Schwartz, Viti, Wood
Lecturer: Johnson
Visiting Lecturers: Armstrong, Brubaker, Lederman

Writing is central to academic life at Wellesley and will continue to play an important role in most students’ lives after they graduate, whether they choose majors in the sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities. The starting point for writing at Wellesley is the First-Year Writing Requirement.  All students are required to fulfill the First-Year Writing Requirement by taking an introductory course in expository writing in either the fall or spring semesters of their first year at Wellesley.  Courses fulfilling this requirement, numbered WRIT 100 to WRIT 198, make up the majority of the course offerings in the Writing Program.  These courses are taught by faculty from many departments as well as by a team of writing professionals; all First-Year Writing faculty view writing as an important part of their own professional lives and are committed to helping Wellesley students learn to use writing as a powerful tool of thought and expression, a way to gain entrance to public discourse.

All First-Year Writing courses have the primary goal of helping students establish a useful writing process, from developing ideas through revision. All sections provide instruction in analysis and interpretation, in argument and the use of evidence, in the development of voice, and in the conventions of academic writing, including writing from sources. Students may choose to take a standard First-Year Writing course (meeting two periods a week and addressing a small, well-defined topic related to the instructor’s expertise), or to study writing as part of an introductory course in another department. (These “combined courses” are designated with a slash in the course title and numbered between WRIT 105 and WRIT 114; all carry one unit of credit, fulfill distribution and/or major requirements, and meet for at least three periods each week.)

In addition to these "combined" courses, the Writing Program also offers courses designed to provide extra support and intensive preparation for the demands of writing at the college level.  These courses are intended for students who speak English as an additional language (WRIT 120 and WRIT 121), for students whose high school education included limited opportunities for writing (WRIT 122) and for students enrolled in the Wellesley Plus Program (WRIT 123 and 124).  Placement into these section takes place during the summer, and interested students should contact the Director.

Students who wish to pursue the study of writing beyond the introductory course may select WRIT 199 or WRIT 199H (full- or half-unit tutorial for students who need more help with writing), WRIT 225 (nonfiction writing), WRIT 290 (advanced research writing), or independent study in writing (WRIT 250 for a full-unit or WRIT 250H for a half-unit of credit) with a member of the Writing Program staff. Students should also be aware that many courses at Wellesley are taught writing intensively, offering the opportunity to study writing as part of their disciplinary study. Students wishing to pursue coursework in creative writing should consult the English department course listings.

PLEASE NOTE: Students may not take a second first-year writing course (WRIT 100 to WRIT 198) unless they have the written consent of the director of the Writing Program.

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