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Writing Intensive Program

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What is Writing Intensive (WI)?

WI is a new 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

The third WI requirement, originally required of students entering in the fall of 2013, will be delayed for one year.  The fall 2014 freshman class will be the first students required to take three WI courses at Otterbein.

The fall 2011, 2012, and 2013 freshman classes (i.e. this year’s sophomores, juniors, and seniors) are required to take TWO Writing Intensive classes over their years at Otterbein:

  • 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.

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.

See Courses to view the offerings for this school year.

Application for Writing Intensive Course Approval (for faculty)

Interested in teaching a Writing Intensive Course? Otterbein faculty should use this application form (Word doc).

/ Contact

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

/ Subcommittee Members

  • Margaret Koehler, Chair
  • Phyllis Lynne Burns, Department of English
  • Chelsea Craine, student representative
  • Joan Esson, Department of Chemistry
  • Marcus Green, Department of Political Science
  • Regina Kengla, Academic Support Center
  • Robert Kraft, Department of Psychology
  • Audrey Leach, student representative
  • Kathryn Plank, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Carrie Scheckelhoff, Department of Education

/ Resources