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Writing-Intensive Courses 

The course number and Required Course Indicator (RCI) of Writing-Intensive courses are important indicators of Core credit.

The courses on this list have numbers that begin with W or H and a Required Course Indicator of WI.  This means that they meet the Core requirement for Writing-Intensive courses.

Other Writing-Intensive courses, not on this list, also meet one or two other Core requirements.  Their numbers begin with X (Core and Writing Intensive), R (Studies in Race and Writing Intensive), or H (Honors), and they are included in the lists of courses approved for each Core area.  They carry one of these Required Course Indicators (RCI):

  • the RCI of the Core area they are in
  • WR (Writing Intensive and Studies in Race)
  • XA (The Arts, Studies in Race, and Writing Intensive)
  • XC (American Culture, Studies in Race, and Writing Intensive)
  • XN (Individual and Society, Studies in Race, and Writing Intensive)
  • XS (International Studies, Studies in Race, and Writing Intensive). 
Please note that non-Writing Intensive versions of Writing Intensive courses may also be offered.  They have the same course number and name as the Writing Intensive course, but their number does not start with "W," they have not been designed to be writing-intensive, and they do not carry Core Writing Intensive credit.

Courses that are underlined in this list are designated departmental writing capstones.  A writing capstone course is required in each academic major.  If more than one capstone is listed here for a department, students in that major should consult their academic adviser about the appropriate course(s) for them.

Courses in italics are no longer taught but still carry Core Writing-Intensive credit for students who have taken them.

This is a comprehensive list of all approved Writing-Intensive courses--they are not all offered each semester.

W123 Auditing 
W300 Senior Seminar in Accounting 

Actuarial Science
W218 Casualty Contingencies

African American Studies
W051 Introduction to African American Studies 
W054 Politics of Colonization 
W150 Blacks in Cinema
W286 The Black Family 
W361 Studies in African American Literature
W398 Senior Seminar

American Studies
H190 Honors Radicalism in the United States
H192 Honors The American Woman: Visions and Revisions
H197 Honors The American Dream
W113 Asian Women in Transition
W118 The American Woman: Visions and Revisions 
W140 Radicalism in the United States 
W393 Senior Seminar in American Studies
W394 Senior Independent Study

W120 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology
W301 History of Anthropological Theory
W308 Research in Visual Anthropology
W323 Advanced Seminar in Medical Anthropology
W324 Seminar in Genetic Basis of Human Variation
W325 Biocultural Adaptation
W327 Evolutionary Perspectives on Reproduction

W332 Anthropological Photography
W380 Human Paleontology Seminar

W039 Vernacular Architecture and Preservation 
W082 Vernacular Architecture
W246 Nonwestern Architectural History Seminar
W261 Professional Practice 
W383 Senior Theory Seminar 
W441 Architectural Seminar I

W192 Art Seminar 

Art History
W111 Art of Greece 
W112 Art of Rome 
W130 17th-Century Art: Italy and France
W131 17th-Century Art: Holland and Spain 
W229 Greek and Roman Sculpture
W278 Art Nouveau 
W300/306/308 Topics in Art History 

Asian Studies
W122 Introduction to Buddhism
W162 Indian Religion
W191 Asian Diaspora
W260 Introduction to Islam
W300  Seminar in Asian Studies
W303 Topics in Asian Studies I
W304 Topics in Asian Studies II
W311 Modern Japan
W317 Asian Women in Transition

W204 Cell Structure and Function 
W237 Marine Environments 
W302 Cell Physiology 

Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media
W273 Writing Workshop
W312 Communication in Organizations
W321 History of Broadcasting 
W333 Global Telecommunications
W343 Mass Media and Children
W349 Advanced Topics in Social Processes
W372 Broadcast Production Practicum
W377 Television Production Workshop

Business Administration
W361 Business Policies 
W391 Honors Business Policies

W237 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 
W314 Techniques of Chemical Measurement II 

Civil and Construction Engineering Technology
W361 Capstone in Construction 
W362 Capstone in Design 

Civil Engineering
W001 Introduction to Civil Engineering
W147 Environmental and Safety Aspects of Construction

Communication Sciences
W051 Introduction to Human Communication
W103 Communication Deviations and Disorders 
W106 Psychology of Communication 
W211 Syntax
W311 Goals and Strategies for Communication Instruction 
W360 Field Research in Communication 
W436 Orientation to Clinical Management 

Computer and Information Sciences
W201 Information Systems Analysis and Design 
W223 Data Structures and Algorithms 
W281 Information Systems Analysis and Design
W301 Project in Information Science 
W338 Software Engineering 
W381 Information System Implementation

W220 Art Workshop in Scotland (capstone in Ceramics/Glass)
W292 Metals Concepts and Criticism 
W387 Business Practices in Crafts (capstone in Metals)

Criminal Justice
W130 Nature of Crime 
W145 Planned Change in Criminal Justice 

Critical Languages
W120 Japanese Popular Culture and Literature

W300 Creative Process in Dance
W310 Dance in Cultural Perspective
W315 Forces and Figures in Twentieth Century Dance 
W397 Senior Seminar 

W237 Economic History of Europe 
W255 Energy, Ecology and Economy
W262 Health Economics 
W302 Economics Writing Seminar 
W392 Honors Economics Writing Seminar 

Electrical Engineering
W090 Science and Technology: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
W091 Technology and the 21st Century
W094 Engineering from Pyramids to Microchips 
W166 Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory 

W233 Materials Science for Engineers 
W241 Economic Analysis (was W141)
W361 Senior Design Project I
W362 Senior Design Project II

Engineering Technology
W123 Material Technology 
W223 Materials Science
W373 Sensors and Data Acquisition

H191 Intermediate Honors: Peer Tutoring
W082 Introduction to Fiction 
W101 Developing Prose Style 
W102 Technical Writing 
W103 Writing the Research Essay
W104 Writing for Business and Industry 
W105 Literacy and Society 
W106 Texts and Cultures of Science 
W107 Creative Writing: Poetry 
W108 Creative Writing: Fiction 
W112 Technologies of Writing 
W116 Survey of American Literature I 
W133 Shakespeare 
W160 Women in Literature 
W202 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction 
W203 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry 
W211 English Syntax
W260 Themes and Genres in Women's Literature
W275 Feminist Theory 
W300 Senior Seminar
W310 Studies in Linguistics 
W320 Studies in Early American Literature 
W321 Studies in 19th Century American Literature 
W322 Studies in Modern American Literature 
W323 Studies in African American Literature 
W330 Studies in Medieval Language and Literature 
W331 Studies in Shakespeare 
W332 Studies in Renaissance Literature
W333 Studies in Restoration and 18th Century Literature 
W340 Studies in Romanticism 
W341 Studies in the Victorian Age 
W342 Studies in Modern British Literature 
W350 Studies in World Literature 
W351 Studies in Irish Literature 
W352 Studies in Drama 
W371 Studies in Criticism 

English Education - Elementary
W120 Teaching Language Arts 
W260 Teaching Introductory Language, Reading, and Writing

Environmental Studies
W156 Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
W252 Problems of Environmental Quality
W257 Social History of American Medicine
W300 Senior Seminar

Environmental Technology
W312 Industrial Hygiene and Safety
W331 Pollution Control Processes 

Film and Media Arts
W320 Writing for Media II 
W360 History of Documentary 
W362 Contemporary American Documentary 
W364 Film Theory and Aesthetics
W368 History of Narrative Film
W391 Topics in Film Study

W213 Management of Depository Institutions
W350 Seminar in Financial Management

W122 Focus on Composition 
W232 Diction and Style 

General and Strategic Management
W362 Advanced Entrepreneurship
W381 International Strategic Management

Geography and Urban Studies 
W050 Environment and Society
W095 Honors General Geography 
W120 Urban Policy Analysis 
W212 Gender, Race, Class and the City
W252 Problems of Environmental Quality 
W282 Research Methods in Geography and Urban Studies
W300 Senior Seminar in Geography and Urban Studies

H391 Honors Environmental Seminar
W301 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 
W302 Structural Geology 
W381 Environmental Seminar

W231 Composition and Conversation 

Graphic Arts and Design 
W214 Design Workshop in Scotland 
W349 Art Career Workshop                                                                       W362 Senior Portfolio

W101 Readings in Greek Literature I 
W102 Readings in Greek Literature II

Greek, Hebrew and Roman Classics
W160-W161 Ancient Historians
W240-W241 Literatures
W251 Classical Greek and Roman Mythology 
W252 Comparative Mythology 
W253 Hebrew Myth and Legend
W254 Classical Epic
W260-W261 Topics in Cultures 
W263-W267 Ancient Cities 
W278 Jewish Humor: Past and Present 
W279 Literature and Art of the Holocaust 
W290 Honors Classical Mythology 
W292 Honors Topics in Classical Culture 

Health Studies
W202 Administration and Curriculum in Health Education 
W312 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Studies
W321 Introduction to Community Health Problems
W335 Therapeutic Recreation Procedures
W340 Community Health - Program Marketing and Administration

Health Information Management 
W181 Clinical Affiliation I 
W281 Clinical Affiliation II 

Healthcare Management
W301 Integrated Delivery Systems and Managed Care

W101 Readings: Prose 
W248 Jewish Humor 
W279 Literature and Art of the Holocaust (in translation) 

W105 Beginnings of European Civilization 
W106 Medieval and Renaissance Europe
W111 Asian Diaspora
W215 Asian Women in Transition
W257 Social History of American Medicine
W330 Social Movements/Alternative Histories in Making of Modern World
W331 Jews, Judaism, and the Modern World (was W156)
W340 Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society (was 0326)
W345 Revolutionary Mexico
W355 Eastern Europe: Nationalism, Authoritarianism, Communism (was W178)
W386 Writing Seminar in American History 
W387 Writing Seminar in European History 
W388 Writing Seminar in Third World History 
W397 Contemporary Theory and Practice of History 

Honors Program
H091 Working in Urban Schools 
W197 The Quest for the American Dream

W395 Senior Seminar 

Human Resource Administration
W310 Organization and Staffing

W133 Composition and Conversation 
W250 Advanced Grammar 

Jewish Studies
W122 Modern Jewish History
W221 Introduction to the Bible
W233 Jewish Humor: Past and Present
W342 Independent Study in Jewish Studies

Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising
W231 Magazine Article Writing 
W323 Advanced Public Relations Writing 
W372 Broadcast Journalism Practicum
W382 Law and Ethics of Mass Communications 

W205 Social-Psychological Bases of Human Performance

Landscape Architecture
W318 Western Traditions of  Landscape Architecture
W319 American Traditions of Landscape Architecture
W390 Fall Senior Seminar
W391 Spring Senior Seminar
W392 Fall Senior Studio
W393 Spring Senior Studio
W395 Senior Seminar
W397 Senior Studio

W101 Readings in Latin Literature I 
W102 Readings in Latin Literature II

Latin American Studies
W140 Topics in Latin American Studies
W315 Latin American Studies Seminar 

Legal Studies
W109 Law and Ethics in Business
W112 Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy

W160 Consumer and Buyer Behavior 
W360 Marketing Strategy 

W062 A Cultural Approach to Mathematics 
W092 Honors A Cultural Approach to Mathematics 
W115 Mathematical Recreations 
W141 Basic Mathematical Concepts 
W195 Honors Mathematical Recreations 
W205 Modern Algebra
W363 Senior Problem Solving 

Mechanical Engineering 
W141 Economic Analysis
W361 Senior Design Project

Mechanical Engineering Technology
W223 Materials Technology 
W361 MET Project I
W362 MET Project II

Music Education
W230 Teaching General Music 
W364 Music Therapy Research 

Music Studies
W260 Music in History 
W261 Music in History
W271 Theory Seminar 

W130 Teaching Strategies for Health Professionals 
W202 Nursing IV 
W250 Research Methods 
W289 Nursing Leadership

Occupational Therapy
W107 Clinical Reasoning I
W201 Applied Concepts of OT II
W205 Clinical Reasoning II 
W207 Clinical Reasoning III

W286 PDS Seminar 

W244 Case Study in Clinical Pharmacy 
W247 Contemporary Pharmacy Practice and Drug Information 
W341 Pharmacy Clerkship I 
W342 Pharmacy Clerkship II 

W050 Philosophic Issues 
W100 Introduction to Philosophy 
W156 Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
W293 Pre-Law Tutorial 
W298 Senior Seminar 

W215 Experimental Physics

Political Science
W101 Introduction to Political Philosophy 
W135 Urban Politics and Problems 
W190 Political Fiction 
W244 Politics of Modern Capitalism 
W262 The International Legal Order

H092 Honors Psychology as a Natural Science
W100 Scientific Thinking and Design in Psychology 
W270 Research Methods: Learning 
W271 Research Methods: Sensation and Perception 
W274 Research Methods: Personality and Social Psychology 
W275 Research Methods: Behavioral Neuroscience
W276 Research Methods: Cognitive Neuropsychology
W278 Research Methods: Developmental Psychology
W279 Research Methods: Applied Research Methodology
W394 Research Problems -  Honors 

Real Estate
W106 Real Estate Valuation I

H393 Honors Death and Dying 
W106 Religions of India 
W122 Introduction to Buddhism 
W200 Introduction to Islam 
W240 Introduction to the Bible 
W253 What is Christianity? 
W343 Death and Dying 

Risk Management and Insurance
W218 Casualty Contingency
W355 Advanced Topics in Health and Welfare Employee Benefits (was W320)
W359 Global Corporate Risk Management (was W360)

W231 Russian Conversation and Composition 

Secondary Education
W031 Secondary Education
W371 Reading Instruction in the Secondary Schools 

Social Work 
W285/W286 Seminar in Social Work Practice 

W205 Sociology of Education
W209 Introduction to Population Studies 
W216 Altered States of Consciousness 
W238 Selected Topics in Sociology: Popular Culture 
W241 Development of Sociological Thought 
W248 Sociology of Organizations (capstone prior to 2002)
W249 Class in Modern Society (capstone prior to 2002)
W253 Aging: Sociology of Gerontology (capstone prior to 2002)
W256 Political Sociology (capstone prior to 2002)
W380 Doing Sociology in the Real World
(capstone as of 2002)

W102 Composition and Conversation 
W215 Advanced Writing Skills 

Speech Communication 
W065 Public Speaking
W300 Field Research in Communication 

W303 Classical Tradition 
W304 Romantic Tradition 

Tourism and Hospitality Management
W312 Research Methodology

Women's Studies 
W126 Women in Literature 
W128 Themes and Genres in Women's Literature 
W130 Sexual Difference in Film
W206 The American Woman: Visions and Revisions
W249 Women in Modern Asia
W363 Feminist Theory 
H375 Honors Italian Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present 
H393 Honors Feminist Theory