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Writing Intensive Program

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What is Writing Intensive (WI)?

Writing Intensive is the signature approach to writing instruction at Otterbein, one that emphasizes both intensive, seminar-style composition instruction and writing in the disciplines. It begins freshman year with Integrative Studies 1500: Identity Projects, a theme-based composition and literature course taught by members of the English department. Building on this foundation of writing skills, students then go on to take a WI course in their major. In this WI course, students will connect writing goals closely to disciplinary outcomes and will learn the distinct writing conventions, style, and format of that discipline.

The WI Requirement

All students who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in fall 2016 are required to take three Writing Intensive courses (students who are seniors in fall 2016 are required to take two Writing Intensive courses).  Beginning with the fall 2014 freshman class, all students will be required to take three Writing Intensive courses:

  • Integrative Studies 1500: the first-year composition and literature course already required of all students during the freshman year. All IS 1500 sections are designated WI. They are typically taught by members of the English department.
  • A disciplinary course in the student’s major that carries the WI designation.
  • A third WI course that might come from several sources: a second WI course in the student’s major; a WI course from the student’s double major; a WI course from the student’s minor; an INST course designated as WI; an elective WI course.

Learn more about specific Writing Intensive Courses 2016-17 (.pdf).

Application for Writing Intensive Course Approval (for faculty)

Otterbein faculty interested in teaching a Writing Intensive Course should submit the WI Course Application (.doc).

/ Contact

Margaret Koehler
Chair of Writing Intensive Advisory Subcommittee
mkoehler@otterbein.edu

/ Subcommittee Members

  • Margaret Koehler, Chair
  • Phyllis Lynne Burns, Department of English
  • Sarah Carnes, student representative
  • Joan Esson, Department of Chemistry
  • Carrigan Hayes, Department of Chemistry
  • Regina Kengla, Academic Support Center
  • Robert Kraft, Department of Psychology
  • Kathryn Plank, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Carrie Scheckelhoff, Department of Education

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