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Goals For Tarleton's WI Program and Courses

All Tarleton students are required to satisfy the Writing Proficiency Requirement as a condition for the baccalaureate degree. In order to fulfill this requirement, students must have credit for four writing-intensive (WI) courses. Two of these four courses must be upper-level WI courses within the major or designed for the degree plan. The other two courses should be first-year writing courses (English 1301 and English 1302).

This makes the writing component of all WI courses crucially important. No matter the portion of the course grade constituted from writing assignments, passing the writing component of all WI courses is required in order to earn WI credit. When students pass a writing-intensive course, their professor is indicating that the students' writing is proficient--proficient enough to satisfy the university's Writing Proficiency Requirement. 

The Writing Intensive Program at Tarleton State University is founded on the belief that students should write throughout their university careers beginning with first-year composition classes and then progressing through upper-level courses in their major fields of study. The program's intent is to focus more attention on writing both as a means of gaining knowledge and as a way to shape and present knowledge within discipline-specific professions. The goals for the Writing Intensive Program at Tarleton State University are to achieve the best results from both Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) programs and the best results from less traditional Writing in the Disciplines (WID). We hope the achieve these purposes:

  1. To improve the overall academic writing abilities of all Tarleton State University students, and
  2. To develop professional writing abilities of all Tarleton State University students within their major field of study

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