Writing Intensive

Fall 2023 Designation: Apply by Februrary 15, 2023

Spring 2024 Designation: Apply by September 15, 2023

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 The Writing Intensive (WI) program supports faculty who incorporate (or wish to incorporate) writing intensive pedagogies into their curriculum. A WI designation denotes that the course section includes explicit writing instruction and engaged writing as a central part of the curriculum. 

The goals of the WI designation are to:

  • Engage and retain students through high-impact practices;
  • Professionally sustain faculty who use writing intensive pedagogy;
  • Address the SLCC Student Learning Outcome: Effective Communication.

Designation Information

  1. The WI designation adds one contact hour per section to the faculty member’s teaching load (i.e. a WI section that carries 3 credit hours will appear as 4 contact hours on the load report).
  2. The faculty member will spend the additional contact hour(s) consulting in an SLCC Student Writing and Reading Centerr for each WI-designated class section unless opting not to. If the faculty member opts out, the additional contact hour(s) will not be awarded. 
  3. WI-designated sections are capped at 25 students
  4. The WI designation is open to individual full-time and adjunct faculty members with the approval of their academic administrators.
  5. The WI designation can be applied to new courses or existing courses.
  6. The WAC program will informally review existing WI course sections and syllabi every year.
  7. The WI designation is subject to renewal every three years.
  8. The WI designation may be applied to sections of a course or an entire course.  

WI-Designated Courses

The courses below have specific sections designated as WI unless otherwise indicated.  Designated sections are tagged in registration portals. 

  • ANTH 1010: Culture & Human Experience (IG)
  • ANTH 1020: Human Origins (LS)
  • ANTH 2083: Primate Ecology & Ecosystems
  • BUS 2200: Business Communication (CM) -- ALL SECTIONS
  • CJ 1010: Intro to Criminal Justice (SS, DV)
  • COMM 1130: Journalism & Media Writing -- ALL SECTIONS
  • COMM 2110: Interpersonal Comm (CM)
  • COMM 2150: Intercultural Comm (CM, DV)
  • ECON 1010: Econ as a Social Science (SS)
  • ECON 1740: Economic History of the U.S. (AI)
  • ECON 2010: Microeconomics (SS)
  • ECON 2020: Macroeconomics (SS)
  • EDU 2150: Intro to Multi-cultural Ed
  • ENGL 1100: Diversity in Popular US Lit (HU, DV)
  • ENGL 2250: Intro to Imaginative Writing (HU) -- ALL SECTIONS
  • ENGL 2270: Intro to Writing Fiction (HU) -- ALL SECTIONS
  • ENGL 2280: Intro to Creative Non-Fiction (HU) -- ALL SECTIONS
  • ENGL 2290: Intro to Novel Writing -- ALL SECTIONS
  • ENGL 2630: Contemporary World Lit (IG)
  • HIST 1100: Early European History (IG)
  • HIST 1110: Modern European HIstory (IG)
  • HIST 1210: Asian History (Traditions) (IG)
  • HIST 1220: Asian History (Modern) (IG)
  • HIST 1300: Colonial Latin America (IG)
  • HIST 1310: Modern Latin America (IG)
  • HIST 1450: Middle Eastern Civ (IG)
  • HIST 1460: Modern Middle Eastern Civ (IG)
  • HIST 1500: World History to 1500 (IG)  
  • HIST 1510: World History Since 1500 (IG)
  • HIST 1700: American History (AI)
  • HIST 2700: US History to 1877 (SS)
  • HIST 2710: US History Since 1877 (SS)
  • INTL 2240: Latin American Studies (IG)
  • POLS 1100: US Government & Politics (AI)
  • POLS 2100: Intro to International Politics (IG)
  • POLS 2200: Intro to Comparative Politics (IG)
  • POLS 2300: Political Ideologies (SS)
  • PSY 2010: Psychology as a Science & Profession
  • STEM 2010: Original Research Proposal -- ALL SECTIONS


Writing Intensive Designation Committee

  • Lon Schiffbauer, Business, 2019-2022
  • Marcie Cancio-Young, Arts, Communication & Digital Media, 2019-2022
  • Vacant, Computer Systems & Information Technology
  • Lyndsay Fait, Health Sciences, 2019-2022
  • Ted Moore, Humanities, 2019-2022
  • Jedediah Doelling, Science, Math & Engineering, 2019-2022
  • Heather Schumacker, Social & Behavioral Science, Education & Human Services, 2022-2025
  • Vacant, Construction, Manufacturing & Applied Technologies 

Curriculum Disclaimer

The purview of the Writing Intensive committee is to verify that a proposed writing intensive class meets the criteria for the designation. It is the decision of departments and divisions, in partnership with faculty members, to support these teaching practices and to support the creation of writing intensive designated courses. Generally, courses are already approved by the Curriculum Committee before they receive writing intensive designation but in some circumstances the designation can be sought concurrently with curriculum committee approval.