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​For Faculty Advisors

The information below is intended to help faculty members learn more about the Intensive Writing Proficiency.

Requirement Objectives

The following is a list of objectives that you may find helpful when you’re preparing to submit a course to the CCC for approval.

Requirements for Intensive Writing I: Level One courses will:

  • Require a variety of writing assignments throughout the semester, totaling at least 5000 words of out-of-class formal writing. At least one writing assignment should require research and proper documentation.
  • As needed, review basic grammar, syntax, and formatting of texts.
  • Provide students with ample practice in writing outlines, revising drafts, and editing.
  • Develop the ability of students to write organized essays, with a unifying thesis, supporting evidence, and language that unambiguously convey the author’s meaning.

Requirement for Intensive Writing II: Level Two courses will:

  • Require a variety of writing assignments throughout the semester, totaling at least 5000 words of out-of-class formal writing. At least one writing assignment should require research and proper documentation.
  • Provide students with ample practice in writing outlines, revising drafts, and editing.
  • Develop the ability of students to write insightful and well-organized essays, with a unifying thesis, supporting evidence, and language that is precise, concise, and appropriate for the intended audience and rhetorical situation.
  • Enhance the ability of students to use stylistic techniques, such as control of tone, variety of sentence structure, and effective use of transition. Teach students the proper use and correct citation of sources, appropriate for the academic discipline.

Notes

Proficiency Requirements

Selected Writing I (composition/writing) and Oral Communication (public speaking) transfer courses may be articulated as equivalent to Providence College courses that meet these proficiency requirements. All other proficiencies will normally be met through successful completion of designated Providence College day courses unless authorized through student petition.

Students entering Providence College with less than a 2.5 PC-calculated grade-point average must complete WRT 100 before taking a course fulfilling the Intensive Writing proficiency.

It is strongly preferred that students complete the Intensive Writing I proficiency requirement before the Intensive Writing II proficiency requirement.​

Intensive Writing Proficiency

​​​​​​​​​​​​​To fulfill the Intensive Writing Proficiency, students must take two core-designated intensive writing courses with at least one at Level II, as approved by the Core Curriculum Committee. Approved intensive writing courses will normally be capped at 18 students. Students must first meet a minimum writing proficiency requirement.

​If incoming students earned a 2.5 high school point average, as calculated by Providence College, they are required to take WRT 100 Writing for College Success (offered through the School of Continuing Education) prior to completing the intensive writing proficiency as described below.

Why Intensive Writing?

The cultivation of the skills and habits of good writing is inseparable from an authentic Liberal Arts education. Accordingly, all students will be required to develop their ability to write by taking two writing intensive course, one focused on the basic techniques of good writing and a second in which students apply those skills to a particular academic discipline.

  
Core Foundation/Proficiency
  
  
Major
  
ACC 485 (Accounting Policy) [Effective Spring 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyAccountancyAccountancy
AMS 214 (American Religious History) [approved for Theology 300-level, Effective Fall 2014]Theology Foundation, Intensive Writing Level I ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 320 (Early American Literature) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 365 (20th Cent African-American Literature) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency, Diversity ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 366 (American Business History) [Effective Fall 2013]Social Science Core Requirement, Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyAmerican Studies
ARH 498 (Principles of Research) [Effective Fall 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyArt History
BIO 200 (Cellular and Molecular Genetics) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyBiologyBiology, Secondary Education Biology
BLS 365 (Twentieth-Century African-American Literature) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency, Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
CHM 222L/321/331L/401L (Chemistry Lab Series) [Effective Spring 2013]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyChemistryBiochemistry, Chemistry, Secondary Education Chemistry
CHM 310L (Biochemistry Laboratory) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyBiochemistry
ECN 488 (Economics Senior Capstone) [Effective Fall 2013]Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency, Oral Communication ProficiencyEconomicsBusiness Economics, Economics, Quantitative Economics
EDU 331 (Literacy II) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyElementary/Special EducationElementary/Special Education
EDU 390 (Elementary Special Education) [Effective Fall 2014]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyElementary/Special EducationElementary/Special Education
ENG 101 (Freshman Writing Seminar) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level I ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 175 (Introduction to Literature) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level I ProficiencyEnglishCreative Writing, English, Secondary Education English
ENG 231 (British Literature I) [Effective Spring 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 232 (British Literature II) [Effective Spring 2014]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 287 (Composition Studies) [Effective Fall 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 301 (Intermediate Writing) [Effective Fall 2013]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 320 (Early American Literature) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 349 (Nature and the Arts) [Effective Fall 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 351 (Romantic Age) [Effective Fall 2014]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 365 (Twentieth-Century African-American Literature) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency, Diversity ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 370 (Global and Postcolonial Literature) [Effective Fall 2014]Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency, Diversity ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 400 (Literary Criticism and Theory) [Effective Fall 2014]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 440 (Nature and the Arts) [Effective Spring 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
ENG 441 (Introduction to Composition Studies) [Effective Fall 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyEnglish
EPS 202 (Electronic Devices with Lab) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyApplied PhysicsApplied Physics, Engineering (3+2) Program, Secondary Education Physics
FRN 321 (Survey of French Literature from Middle Ages to the 18th Century) [Effective Spring 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyForeign Language Studies
FRN 322 (Survey of French Literature II: 18th-20th Centuries) [Effective Fall 2015]Intensive Writing Level II ProficiencyForeign Language Studies
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