faculty of Winthrop University believes that writing is essential to
learning, we require our students to complete both WRIT 101 and CRTW
201 with a grade of "C-" or better, to help
ensure their success in other college courses. The goals listed
below clearly state the ideas which form the basis of the first-year
writing courses at Winthrop. Faculty who teach these classes are
committed to these goals and try, in every way possible, to achieve
them in their classes; however, your participation is vital in this
learning process we call writing. We hope that our faculty
colleagues will encourage all Winthrop students to dedicate
themselves to the writing tasks they face, requiring them to master the
conventions of academic prose in all their Winthrop courses.
foundation document for the 2004 General Education Program stated:
Building toward the goal of graduating students who are 'capable
of writing effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes,'
we attempted to construct a program that would encourage writing
throughout the college career. While we recognize that different
disciplines require many kinds of writing and a variety of
formats, we believe that all writing can and should meet the
criteria for content, style, and mechanics enumerated in the new
General Education Program....We also recognize that requiring
these courses and these assignments will in no way ensure that
students will become "writing competent." That responsibility will
ultimately rest upon the student and the professor assigning and
evaluating the writing.
goals of First-Year Writing courses are meant to encourage
students to begin this journey of using writing as a fundamental way
of learning; we hope that you, our faculty colleagues, will provide
students with the incentive to reach similar goals in your classes.
First-Year Writing Courses
- To use
writing and reading as means of general cognitive development
which foster intellectual growth in an academic
- To see
writing as a learning tool which is important in all contexts and
is not confined to the writing classroom.
- To plan,
organize, and develop essays based on introspection, general
observation, deliberation, research, and the critical reading of
mature prose texts.
- To become
aware of individual writing voices and how those voices can be
adapted to fit different audiences and rhetorical
- To view
writing as a process by using several prewriting, organizing, and
- To learn the
importance of clear communication by revising effectively through
the complete rethinking, restructuring, and rewriting of
- To encourage
- To teach
students to document correctly and to incorporate borrowed
material smoothly and appropriately.
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