Writing represents a critical component of the educational process, and the integration of writing into all types of courses across the curriculum is widely encouraged.
In particular, the college has established a two-course (4–6 credit hours) Writing Across the Curriculum requirement for all students to enhance and reinforce basic writing skills learned in CWP 101 and CWP 102.
Taking two Writing Across the Curriculum (W) courses satisfies this requirement. Like many courses offered on this campus, W courses include both formal and informal writing. W courses, however, emphasize writing as a major course component for both instruction and evaluation.
Instructors employ writing-to-learn techniques as a major way of teaching. In such courses, students learn to use writing as a tool that can be used in all their learning processes. A significant portion of the coursework, and subsequently grades in these W courses, will be allocated on the basis of the student’s writing performance.
Every piece of formal writing submitted as part of the requirement should meet the following minimum standards, as appropriate to the course and the nature of the assignment:
Some departments have established an alternative method whereby their majors may satisfy the W requirement. Satisfactory completion of CWP 102 or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all courses used in fulfillment of the writing-intensive requirement.
The W courses submitted for transfer from other institutions to Buffalo State will be evaluated using the criteria stated above. Courses that do not meet the criteria will not be transferred.
The CWP is using A Writer’s Reference - Buffalo State Edition, 7th ed. by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers, Bedford St. Martin’s. This text is required for all CWP and writing intensive courses at Buffalo State. The customized Buffalo State edition of A Writer’s Reference is only available in the Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore.
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