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Writing Program


The Writing Program teaches students the rhetorical strategies for appropriate communication that prepare them to be change agents in their professions and communities.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in the Writing Program, students will be able to:

  • Use key rhetorical strategies relevant to a given situation
  • Collaborate with others to create appropriate communication
  • Use writing and/or other acts of communication to think, invent, take intellectual risks and develop ideas
  • Reflect on their writing process, including drafting and revision practices that generate and/or refine insights
  • Demonstrate fluency in disciplinary conventions

Program Description

Jefferson recognizes the vital role of written communication in college, the workplace and in the community. All undergraduate students take courses in the Writing Program, which includes a wide range of academic and professional writing and is integrated throughout the institution’s professional majors and the general education core.

The Writing Program is made up of two components: Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Hallmarks Core. Courses in both areas are based on the idea that writing is a process of inquiry that leads students to understand and interpret the world around them. These courses also teach students that writing is a complex process that hinges on the intersections between purpose, audience and context.

Before graduating, all Jefferson undergraduate students must complete two writing-specific courses and four courses designated in the University Catalog as writing-intensive (WI). Because writing is an integral part of learning, students also complete numerous and diverse writing assignments in courses, studios and labs that are not designated as writing intensive. Professional writing tutors in the Academic Success Center support students in all subjects and at all levels of the curriculum.