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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Writing Proficiency Requirement (WP)

Upper-division writing proficiency requirement: complete a minimum of three writing proficiency points in approved upper-division writing proficiency courses at WWU with a minimum grade of C-. Students must complete Block B or C of the Communications GUR requirement before enrolling in a writing proficiency course.

All Western writing proficiency courses should follow these University-wide guidelines:

  • students write multiple drafts of assigned papers
  • instructors provide suggestions for revision of drafts, and
  • instructors assign course grades based on revised versions of assigned writings and according to the writing proficiency points table

Upper-division writing proficiency courses emphasize research and writing. In writing proficiency courses, students learn the writing style and conventions of their disciplines, as well as the techniques for integrating evidence into scholarly papers. Writing proficiency courses are listed in the online Timetable of Classes.

Writing Proficiency Points Fulfilling the Upper-division Writing Proficiency Requirements
(Minimum 3 points required)

  Credit Hours of course % of Grade Based on Writing Assignments
WP1 1 Credit 75%
2 Credits 50%
3 Credits 25%
4 Credits 20% (18.75%)
5 Credits 15%
WP2 2 Credits 75%
3 Credits 50%
4 Credits 40% (37.5%)
5 Credits 30%
WP3 3 Credits 75%
4 Credits 55%
5 Credits 45%