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Written Communication

Criteria

Some categories under the current curriculum and the new curriculum may have the same name but different criteria. The same application form may be used for both.

Application

In order to count as Written Communication (WC) for the new general education curriculum, Volunteer Core, all current WC courses must be submitted for reapproval by December 15, 2021. For additional information, please see the Memo from WC Subcommittee Chair.

WC Proposal Form v5 (Word Document)

Instructions for Vol Core Proposals

Sample WC Proposal (Revised)

Sample WC Proposal (Annotated.2)

To submit a proposal, please complete the application and save it as a single PDF file that also contains your syllabus and a sample of at least one significant assignment for the course. Save your PDF file by the course name, category, and date (e.g. engl101WC080921).

The PDF should be uploaded AND emailed to the General Education Committee.

If you are submitting a revision, please also include a brief written “Response to Reviewers” explaining how the requested revisions have been addressed. This “Response to Reviewers” should be included in your single PDF file and the file should be save by course name, category, and the revision and date (e.g. engl101WCrevision050120).

Your submission will be a single merged PDF including:

  1. Vol Core Submission Form
  2. Syllabus
  3. At least one significant assignment
  4. Response to Reviewers (if it is a resubmission)

Tips on creating single PDF files

If you can put all of your word files in a single word document and then save it as a PDF file, that will be the easiest approach. PDFs are created by going to Print🡪 PDF🡪save as PDF. If you need to merge multiple PDFs, they can be merged through various tools (such as Adobe, sodapdf.com, or pdf2go.com).

NOTE: AFTER YOU SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL LETTING YOU KNOW IT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. If you do not receive that confirmation email within 72 hours, your proposal was not successfully submitted and you need to submit it again. If you continue to have difficulties submitting, please email us to let us know.

You will also receive emails as your proposal moves through the review process. The review process begins with a General Education Subcommittee approval and then goes to the General Education Committee for approval. From there it goes to the Undergraduate Council for approval and finally to the Faculty Senate. Until you receive notification that your course proposal has been approved by the Faculty Senate, it is not eligible to be listed as a Vol Core course.

You may track your submitted proposal through the review process.

Rubric for Student Assessment

Written Communication Rubric for Student Assessment

Subcommittee Members

Approved Courses

  • Current curriculum: See the General Education Requirements page of the undergraduate catalog.
  • Volunteer Core curriculum:
    • ALEC 440 – Business and Research Writing
    • ANTH 309 – Advanced Principles of Biological Anthropology
    • ANTH 321 – Anthropology of South Asia
    • ANTH 370 – Gender and Globalization
    • ANTH 423 – Anthropology of Gender
    • ARAB 321 – The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture
    • ARTH 402 – Seminar in Art History II
    • BCMB 409 – Perspectives in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • CBE 415 – Advanced Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory
    • CE 205 – Professional Development I
    • CFS 405 – Development of Professional Skills
    • CHEM 449 – Advanced Synthesis Laboratory
    • CHEM 459 – Advanced Measurement and Spectroscopy Laboratory
    • CLAS 299 – Research Practicum in Classics
    • CNST 312 – Popular Culture and American Politics
    • EDDE 425 – Foundations of Deaf Education
    • EEB 305 – Evolution and Society
    • EEB 415 – Field Ecology
    • EEB 425 – Communicating the Science of Climate Change Biology
    • EEB 433 – Plant Ecology
    • EEB 451 – Research Ethics
    • EF 437 – Honors: Interdisciplinary Senior Design I
    • ENGL 101 – English Composition I
    • ENGL 102 – English Composition II
    • ENGL 118 – Honors: English Composition
    • ENGL 131 – Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English I
    • ENGL 132 – Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English II
    • ENGL 198 – Chancellor’s Honors Writing I
    • ENGL 206 – Introduction to Shakespeare
    • ENGL 207 – Honors: British Literature I
    • ENGL 208 – Honors: British Literature II
    • ENGL 209 – Introduction to Jane Austen
    • ENGL 237 – Honors: American Literature I: Colonial Era to the Civil War
    • ENGL 238 – Honors: American Literature II: Civil War to the Present
    • ENGL 247 – Honors: Introduction to Poetry
    • ENGL 248 – Honors: Introduction to Drama
    • ENGL 251 – Introduction to Poetry
    • ENGL 252 – Introduction to Drama
    • ENGL 253 – Introduction to Fiction
    • ENGL 254 – Themes in Literature
    • ENGL 255 – Public Writing
    • ENGL 257 – Honors: Public Writing
    • ENGL 258 – Honors: Introduction to Fiction
    • ENGL 263 – Introduction to Creative Writing
    • ENGL 290 – Intermediate Writing and Research
    • ENGL 295 – Writing in the Workplace
    • ENGL 298 – Chancellor’s Honors Writing II
    • ENGL 355 – Rhetoric and Writing
    • ENGL 357 – Honors: Rhetoric and Writing
    • ENGL 360 – Technical and Professional Writing
    • ENGL 376 – Colloquium in Literature
    • ENGL 398 – Junior-Senior Honors Seminar
    • ENGL 455 – Persuasive Writing
    • ENGL 494 – Cultural Rhetorics
    • FORS 321 – Wildland Recreation
    • FORS 327 – Honors: Wildland Recreation
    • HIST 499 – Senior Research Seminar
    • HSP 287 – Knowledge
    • IARC 211 – History of Interior Design, Furnishings, and the Decorative Arts
    • IARC 217 – Honors: History of Interior Design, Furnishings, and the Decorative Arts
    • IE 250 – Leadership in Industrial Engineering
    • INSC 450 – Writing About Science and Medicine
    • JREM 200 – Multimedia Writing
    • JREM 414 – Magazine and Feature Writing
    • JREM 444 – Journalism as Literature
    • JREM 450 – Writing About Science and Medicine
    • JREM 451 – Environmental Writing
    • JST 413 – Seminar in Early Judaism
    • ME 449 – Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
    • MEDU 432 – Knowledge and Learning in Mathematics and Science
    • MICR 333 – Astrobiology
    • MLSL 303 – Leadership in Military History
    • MSE 304 – Principles of Materials Laboratory II
    • MUCO 220 – History of Western Music, Classical to the Present
    • MUCO 330 – Music, Gender, and Sexuality
    • MUCO 416 – Global Soundtracks
    • NE 401 – Radiological Engineering Laboratory
    • NURS 371R – Nursing Research
    • NURS 378R – Honors: Nursing Research
    • NURS 494 – Capstone Course for the Registered Nurse
    • PHIL 252 – Contemporary Moral Problems
    • PHIL 345 – Bioethics
    • PHIL 346 – Environmental Ethics
    • PHIL 382 – Philosophy of Feminism
    • PLSC 410 – Nursery Management and Production
    • POLS 311 – Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy
    • POLS 312 – Popular Culture and American Politics
    • POLS 430 – United States Constitutional Law: Sources of Power and Restraint
    • POLS 431 – United States Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
    • POLS 472 – Conflict Processes
    • PSYC 400 – Advanced Cognitive Psychology
    • PSYC 434 – Psychology of Gender
    • PSYC 481 – Intimate Partner Violence
    • PSYC 485 – Special Topics in Psychology
    • RCS 391 – Leadership in Retailing
    • REST 413 – Seminar in Early Judaism
    • REST 423 – Seminar in Early Christianity
    • REST 479 – Seminar in East Asian Religions
    • RUSS 221 – Rebels, Dreamers, and Fools: The Outcast in 19th Century Russian Literature
    • RUSS 222 – Heaven or Hell: Utopias and Dystopias in 20th-Century Russian Literature
    • RUSS 321 – Anton Chekhov: Russia’s Bridge to the 20th Century
    • RUSS 322 – Dostoevsky, Terror, and Pan-Slavic Utopia
    • RUSS 421 – Tolstoy and the Quest for the Good Life
    • SCED 432 – Knowledge and Learning in Mathematics and Science
    • SOCI 455 – Law and Society
    • SOWK 460 – Integrative Seminar
    • SOWK 467 – Honors: Integrative Seminar
    • SOWK 467R – Honors: Integrative Seminar
    • SPED 416 – Effective Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities and Other Academic Difficulties
    • THEA 300 – Play Analysis
    • UNHO 258 – Honors: Honors: Special Topics in the Arts and Humanities1
    • UNHO 268 – Honors: Special Topics in Social Sciences1
    • UNHO 278 – Honors: Special Topics in Culture and Civilizations1
    • WGS 330 – Music, Gender, and Sexuality
    • WGS 370 – Gender and Globalization
    • WGS 382 – Philosophy of Feminism
    • WGS 434 – Psychology of Gender

1Note that University Honors (UNHO) special topics can be approved at the course-level, but each new topic must be reviewed and approved before that particular topic can be taught.