Writing Across the Curriculum

Welcome to the online home of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, which includes information of particular interest to Students, Faculty, and Administrators. The mission of the Writing Across the Curriculum program is to promote, support, and assess the teaching of writing at Rutgers University-Newark, in all academic departments.

Most visibly, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program oversees the designation and offering of “Writing Intensive” courses in all academic departments. In Fall 2001, Rutgers-Newark instituted a Writing Across the Curriculum requirement for all students who enrolled in that semester or later, and the WAC Program assists departments in making available the courses necessary for students to fulfill their responsibility to continue to hone their writing skills after they have completed the English composition sequence. Students are required to complete two Writing Intensive courses, at least on of which must be in their major.

Writing Across the Curriculum Workshops, Fall 2016

Session 1: The Writing Assignment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Englehard 309

A successful semester in a writing intensive class starts with understanding the quality and quantity of writing expected of the student.  This session will focus on strategies for understanding writing assignments, planning the evidence-gathering and drafting process, and using the university’s various resources to tackle these assignments successfully.

Session 2: Working With Texts and Analysis

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Englehard 309

This session will focus on location and use of sources, selection and presentation of evidence, establishment of your own voice, and strategies for proper citation and attribution in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. We will also discuss the difference between summary and analysis.

Session 3: Organizing Your Essay

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m
Englehard 309

This workshop will focus on writing a paper as a process of presenting evidence, organizing body paragraphs, drafting, and revising. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for revision and drafting to improve the paper's overall cohesion, both within and between paragraphs.

Session 4: Turning in a Polished Essay

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m
Englehard 309

At the conclusion of the drafting and revision process, it is necessary to pay close attention to the overall polish of an essay before submitting a final draft.  This workshop will assist you in identifying and correcting common grammatical errors in order to continue to address individualized patterns of error. It will also address the importance of sentence style, syntax, word choice, clarity, use of academic language, final revision of the thesis statement, and attention to paragraph focus and paragraph flow.