You can develop your skills as a writer through a broad range of coursework beyond traditional writing courses and in a diverse array of disciplines. Writing-designated (WRIT) courses are designed to help you learn how to think and communicate in writing either by learning the conventions of academic writing at the college level or by learning the conventions and expectations for writing in a particular discipline.
To further these objectives, WRIT courses should:
- Require at least two written assignments of any length and in any language;
- Provide you with substantive feedback on each writing assignment (for example, you may draft and revise a written assignment or may simply be able to apply feedback on their writing to later assignments); and
- Provide instruction, feedback and guidance in either disciplinary or academic writing conventions.
Offered in nearly all departments, WRIT courses for a particular semester may be viewed in Courses @ Brown by selecting "Writing-Designated Courses" in the Curriculum Program section on the left-hand navigation.
Only course instructors may request the WRIT designation. As a student, you may not petition to add the WRIT designation to particular courses.
Important considerations regarding writing-designated courses:
WRIT during semester of enrollment
Faculty may add or remove the WRIT designation from one offering of the course to the next. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that a course is approved as WRIT in C@B in the semester of enrollment.
Writing-intensive may not mean writing-designated
A course with many and/or lengthy writing assignments will not necessarily qualify as a writing-designated course. For example, without an instructor or teaching assistant's feedback on the prose that can be applied to a revised version of the assignment or a subsequent assignment, a course with weekly response papers or a large final paper at the end of the course will not allow you to develop your writing sufficiently to meet the spirit of the writing requirement.