All Goucher students are expected to achieve writing proficiency (CWP), which is taught and assessed through the Writing Program. The Writing Program, a branch of the English Department, organizes courses that study nonfiction writing, including freshman composition (English 103, 104, and 105); intermediate composition (English 201); journalism (English 203 and 208); scientific and technical writing (English 206); the Writing Center tutor training course (English 221); and linguistics (English 219).

Goucher students are taught to write, and their writing skills are assessed, in two stages during their progress toward graduation. The first stage, usually completed during freshman year, takes place in the freshman composition sequence and ends with evaluation of their writing abilities according to the College Writing Proficiency criteria.

Achieving CWP signifies that students have learned to write clear and coherent academic prose and to complete library research. Students achieve writing proficiency in the major through courses designated by individual departments. These courses insure that students have mastered the particular genres, analytical methods, and styles of their majors.

However, because professional writing skills require instruction in discipline-specific types of writing (lab reports, literary analysis, etc.), Goucher's faculty voted to institute the Writing Proficiency in the Major as a second stage of instruction and assessment. These courses insure that students have mastered the particular genres, analytical methods, and styles of their majors.

Contact Arnold Sanders, associate professor of English, at ext. 6515 for more information about Goucher's Writing Program.