Foundations - Writing

The study and practice of academic writing integrates a wide network of knowledge and skills, including critical-thinking, rhetoric, research, scholarly argument, logic, creativity, and language. The introductory study of college-level academic writing requires you to develop challenging ideas in clear, focused, well-organized writing, using methods and concepts appropriate for further development in a broad range of other college courses.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply general academic writing conventions for language, development, organization, and format.
  2. Engage in the writing process, including invention, planning, organizing, revising, and editing.
  3. Apply at least one academic citation and documentation system (such as MLA or APA style).
  4. Skill Outcome #1
    • Written communication: Write effectively for multiple purposes and audiences.
  5. Skill Outcome #2
    • Information literacy: Identify the need for information; access, evaluate, and use information effectively, ethically, and legally.


You are required to take one course in the Writing Foundations category.

WRT 130 — Strategies in Writing - Stretch II
Continuation of WRT 120. Students learn strategies for research-based writing. They practice writing processes to build well-supported arguments and incorporate sources. Students must earn a grade of C (not C-) or better to fulfill the Foundations-Writing requirement. WRT 120 and 130 or WRT 150 are prerequisites to SWS courses. Skills: information literacy, written communication

WRT 150 — Strategies in Writing
Students practice a variety of rhetorical forms and develop structure, style, and voice. They invent, plan, draft, revise and edit, formulate and support arguments, and incorporate sources. Students work regularly in the Frederik Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors and in a computer classroom. Students must receive a grade of C (not C-) or better to fulfill this part of the university writing requirement. WRT 150 is a prerequisite for any SWS course. Credits: 4. Skills: information literacy, written communication

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