The Writing Across the Curriculum Program (WAC) started in 1989 at St. Ambrose. The faculty recognized how important it is for our students to possess solid written communication skills both before and after graduation. The faculty also realized that responsibility for nurturing those skills rested with all faculty from all disciplines rather than with just the few faculty teaching composition classes. WAC encourages our faculty to use writing in their classrooms to promote deeper content learning and to foster stronger writing competence in our students.
Writing Intensive Requirement: After passing ENGL 101 with a C or better, the student must pass, with a C or better, two writing intensive (WI) courses. One can be at any level in any department, and one must be at the 300 or 400 level in the declared major. A student pursuing a double major must complete a WI course in each major. This would satisfy the two required WI courses. A WI next to the course code in the catalog identifies a writing intensive course. Courses from accredited two- or four-year institutions designated writing intensive on transcript or in catalog description will transfer to St. Ambrose. However, two-year college courses cannot be used to meet the WI requirement for a 300- or 400-level course. Appeals can be prepared with the major department and forwarded to the Board of Studies. SAU Catalog 2005-2007 page 32.
Michael Hustedde, Director of Writing and Chair