Junior-level Writing courses

Courses that meet the Junior-Level Writing requirement must engage students in the writing process within the context of a discipline or profession. These courses are a university requirement designated with a “W” at the end of the course number.


To develop a Junior-Level Writing course, you must submit a syllabus that articulates how it will meet Junior-Level Writing requirements.

Follow these guidelines to develop a Junior-Level Writing course:

  • The syllabus should explain how writing skills will be incorporated into this course in relation to student progress and work within a discipline.
  • Students should produce 20 pages of revised, multiple-draft prose.
  • Courses must be at the 300 level.
  • Class enrollment should be capped at 25 students.
  • Syllabi should follow the approved University Curriculum Committee format.

If the course is meant to count as a liberal studies distribution course as well, the syllabus must also follow the guidelines for distribution courses.


Use these forms to submit a Junior-Level Writing course:

Completed forms should be sent to Stuart Galland.

Major departments

In developing courses that meet the junior-level writing requirement, major departments can:

  • offer one or more courses within the department and require that majors take one of these courses to meet the Junior-Level Writing requirement
  • offer one or more courses within the department, as well as designate courses offered in other departments, that will meet the Junior-Level Writing requirement for the major

If a major department chooses the second option, check with the other departments specified to ensure that there are adequate resources to meet the demand.

Student prerequisites

Completion of the English foundation requirement is a prerequisite for all Junior-Level Writing courses.

Teaching Junior-Level Writing courses

You may not feel comfortable teaching Junior-Level Writing requirement courses initially. However, you can do a great deal to assist students in their development by drawing on your own experience as a writer to help them:

  • understand conventions in their own field
  • think about how to revise more effectively
  • address key issues raised in the discipline