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Writing Across the Curriculum Program

Writing Across the Curriculum Program

What is Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)?

Welcome to the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Cal State University, Long Beach. Even though Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) has been around since the 1970s and is highly influenced by Rhetoric, Writing, and Composition Studies, a common question I receive is, what is WAC?

Here is a nutshell of some key points about WAC adapted for my busy readers looking for initial information. WAC believes,

  • Students should receive some sort of informed writing instruction throughout their entire college career.
  • This informed writing instruction should take place in all the disciplines and taught by faculty in these disciplines who have learned informed writing practices and pedagogies.
  • The types, forms, and genres of writing valued by faculty and professionals in each discipline vary and that we must value them.
  • Each discipline should articulate what types, forms, and genres of writing it values and teach these in classes from the beginning of the major until graduation.
  • WAC accepts that all our students have a variety of writing, literacy, language, and educational strengths, yet it is also aware that all students can learn to become more confident and successful writers with consistent, informed writing practice.

At CSULB I am the inaugural director and am starting my fifth year. If you’d like to know more about me, click here.  Take a moment to see the array of exciting projects we’re involved in throughout our website. If anything piques your interest, I am an email away.

Download the entire Statement of WAC Principles and Practices (PDF), or visit the WAC Resources for Instructors for information ranging from designing effective writing assignments to giving feedback and assessing writing.

As a professor in the School of Art I mainly teach studio classes. I was quite nervous delving into the creation of a WI class. The WAC workshop gave me concrete examples, resources and ideas to create an effective WI class. I now feel very comfortable moving forward and very much look forward to my first class this summer.”

– Aubry Mintz