Writing Program Sequence of Courses

The Writing Program

Our academic writing program, with its Four-Year Vertical Curriculum, builds a bridge between creative writing and academic writing, and simultaneously establishes a campus-wide interdisciplinary initiative. Our writing program draws on current research, but is designed specifically for Goucher.

Brief Summary of the 4-Year Vertical Curriculum

1st Year: Students take WRT 181 or WRT 181H in either fall or spring; students may choose to take 1-2 writing studios for additional support.
2nd Year: Students take a Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) course in any discipline.  View WEC courses offered in 2017 / 2018.
3rd Year: Students take a Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course in their major (Prior to FA15, this requirement was called “CWP in the Major”).
4th Year: Students may take a studio to support their capstone projects.

After completing their 1st and 2nd year writing requirements (WRT 181 + a WEC course in any discipline), students should be able to read and analyze complex texts, synthesize information from a variety of sources, conduct research with discernment, and think critically. Additional learning outcomes include a demonstrated understanding of rhetorical situations, audience, genre, and writing processes.

Students will apply for College Writing Proficiency (CWP), a graduation requirement, after they have completed these 1st and 2nd year writing requirements. During the call for applications (the dates will be announced and posted at the beginning of each semester), students will submit a portfolio of their writing that includes approximately 20 pages of academic writing. The portfolios will be reviewed by Writing Program and WEC faculty twice/year - January and June.

College Writing Proficiency (CWP) Criteria Instructions

College Writing Proficiency (CWP) at Goucher College (Revised December 7, 2016)
CWP is a requirement for graduation from Goucher.  We expect students to be able to write at the college level in multiple disciplines, for multiple purposes. Students may apply for CWP after completing WRT 181 and a Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) course in any discipline. 

Portfolios submitted for College Writing Proficiency (CWP) should include 3-4 essays totaling approximately 20 (double-spaced) pages of writing.  Submissions can come from across the curriculum and should represent what you consider your best and/or most successful writing completed at Goucher, and should, when examined as a whole, demonstrate the characteristics listed below.

Portfolios should also contain a brief letter to the readers of your portfolio introducing us to these texts and explaining how they demonstrate your college writing proficiency.

Please label your digital portfolio folder with your full name and ID number.  Please include the identifying information about both your WEC course and your WRT 181 course.

Submit your portfolio

Proficient Essays will include writing that:

  • has a specific thesis, purpose, and/or focus.
  • analyzes, argues, synthesizes, speculates, evaluates, and/or reflects (and not merely reports or summarizes).
  • effectively develops the essay with substantial, convincing evidence from appropriate sources for the given purpose, audience, genre and discourse community.
  • uses an appropriate register for the given purpose, audience, genre and discourse community.
  • illustrates awareness of discourse community and genre norms, conventions and differences.
  • correctly employs appropriate citation and documentation (for example, MLA, APA or Chicago Manual Style) and employs correct use of direct quotation, paraphrasing, and summarizing for the given purpose, audience, genre and discourse community.
  • has been revised to improve global issues with development, structure, voice, register and the quality of the evidence, analysis and/or argument.
  • has been edited using Edited American English to improve local issues of sentencing, diction, mechanics (i.e. grammar/usage/punctuation)
  • has effective organization and structure (both globally and at the sentence and paragraph level) for the given purpose, audience, genre and discourse community.