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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Written Communication

Course designator within the area of Foundational Competencies

Written communication courses promote the clear, concise, and effective development and expression of ideas through writing. WRTG courses prepare student writers to use writing to increase knowledge, foster understanding, and/or to promote change in readers’ attitudes or behaviors. Additionally, student writers will hone organizational and analytical skills, clarity, fluency, flexibility, and accuracy in their written communication.

Writing represents one of the three UCORE foundational competencies [QUAN, WRTG, COMM – 9 total credits] intended for completion in a student’s first year of study.

Students may complete one WRTG course and one COMM course, or may choose to complete two WRTG courses to fulfill their foundational competency in communication (total 6 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [WRTG] course should be able to:

  • Compose texts that demonstrate intentional rhetorical choices, including attention to audience, purpose, context, genre, and convention (written communication).
  • Use evidence to support and explain claims (information literacy).
  • Recognize how and why conventions vary among disciplines and communities (critical thinking).
  • Reflect on and apply feedback to increase the effectiveness of written communication (critical thinking).

Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.

View approved WRTG courses

For Faculty

Learning Outcomes Grid

Whether submitting a course for the first time or resubmitting an updated course as part of the UCORE committee’s periodic re-review, faculty should submit a completed WRTG Learning Outcomes Grid embedded in the course syllabus in order to demonstrate clearly the relationship among WSU/UCORE learning goals, UCORE category designation learning outcomes, course learning outcomes, assignments, and assessment of student learning. Consult the sample ROOT syllabus with embedded learning outcomes grid as a model.