Best Practices and Examples

Best Practices for Advanced Writing Syllabi and Calendars

  • All courses/course sequences should include a syllabus statement that identifies the importance of writing in the course. See a sample statement.
  • Syllabi and daily/weekly calendars for these courses should also clearly indicate where writing instruction and feedback will be happening


The following are innovative examples of how the Advanced Writing requirement can be designed.

Incorporating Informal Writing

In Geology and Environmental Earth Science, students use informal writing (like observational notes, data plots, diagrams, etc.) to generate ideas and do the work of science.

Using Formal Genres to Teach Writing

In International Studies, students learn about important genres in their field by analyzing and then constructing target texts.

Teaching Disciplinary Values Through Writing

In History, students explicitly learn about the specialized conventions that reflect disciplinary values and goals in their field. View a sample syllabus for HST 206: Introduction to Historical Inquiry.

Fulfilling the Advanced Writing Requirement Through Course Sequences

In Political Science, students learn to write in the field by writing across time, in a variety of genres, and with a lot of revision. View their sample syllabi for POL 221: Introduction to Comparative Politics and for POL 333: Introduction to Western Europe.