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

Written Communication [WRTG]

Course designator within the area of Foundational Competencies

Written communication courses require students to develop and express ideas clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing. As an outcome of WRTG courses, student writers will be able to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or to promote change in readers’ attitudes or behaviors. Additionally, student writers will hone clarity, fluency, and accuracy, and organizational skills in their written communication.

Writing skills are effectively developed in concert with the learning goals of Information Literacy and Diversity because real-world writing must rest on accurate information and adapt content and conventions to diverse contexts, audiences, and purposes as envisioned in the Diversity learning goal.

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).

View approved WRTG courses

Required Elements for all WRTG Courses

WRTG courses are required to:

  • Develop the student’s understanding of the principles and elements of effective written communication.
  • Provide extensive applied practice in writing.
  • Have students self-evaluate and revise their written work.
  • Meet requirements for all UCORE courses for written communication, information literacy, critical thinking, and assessment of student progress on learning goals.

Also, the UCORE committee suggests* that WRTG courses:

  • Have students critique the work of peers.
  • Hone critical thinking skills through the exploration of rhetoric.

*These suggestions provide a sense of the possible breadth of approaches in WRTG courses, but will not be criteria in the approval process.

Required 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.