Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Guidelines



At Connecticut College, writing is a crucial part of the learning experience for all students, no matter what course of study they ultimately choose to follow. Our writing courses are designed to integrate the teaching of writing and the teaching of subject matter, and to foster the deep connection between writing and critical thinking. These courses are designated "Writing Across the Curriculum" (WAC) courses, and are designated with a "W" in the course catalog.

The goal of teaching writing is not merely to "fix" or "polish" student essays, but to produce better writers — writers who can write clear and intelligent prose, who can produce sophisticated and challenging arguments, and who can take part in the larger intellectual "conversation" that the college experience is designed to sustain and promote.

Courses that fulfill the writing requirement will include the following elements, with the understanding that courses may approach these elements creatively:

  • A minimum range of 15 to 25 pages of graded writing
  • Writing assignments distributed over the course of the semester
  • Instructor feedback on writing, along with opportunities for students to make use of suggestions (Feedback could include instructor comments, conferencing, peer reviewing, and rewrites)
  • Time spent discussing writing skills and strategies

Students are required to take two "W" courses. All first-year seminars will normally be designated as "W" courses.

Also see "Language and Cross-Curricular Requirements."

Contact information


For appointments, call or visit:
Blaustein Humanities Center 214
860-439-2173


For other inquiries:
Ann Schenk
Administrative Assistant
860-439-5324
alsch@conncoll.edu


Steve Shoemaker
Director of College Writing and the Roth Writing Center
Assistant Professor of English (part time)
write.conncoll.edu


The Roth Writing Center
Blaustein Humanities Center 214
Box 5313
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196