Nov 14, 2018  


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Writing Program

Professor:  Hillard, Director
Assistant Professor:  Fernandez
Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Music: Weinstein
Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Gender/Sexuality Studes: Horowitz

The Writing Program supports students who produce academic writing at Davidson and the faculty who teach its practices throughout the curriculum. The Program sponsors writing in a variety of styles, genres, and disciplinary contexts across the college, which values writing as a core feature of undergraduates’ intellectual lives.  The Program’s mission is to promote a robust rhetorical culture at Davidson by:

  • offering students practice in analysis, intellectual argument, and other forms of writing associated with civic and scholarly publics
  • fostering effective and innovative methods for teaching writing in the liberal arts
  • guiding students in research practices and writerly ethics, with an emphasis on making fair and effective use of the work of others
  • regularly assessing students’ work as writers

The Composition Requirement

The Davidson College faculty believes that a strong liberal arts education requires significant practice in critical thinking, writing, and discussion. Regardless of major or eventual career choice, Davidson College graduates should be able to make sophisticated arguments about complex intellectual issues, and to do so with rhetorical power and clarity. To this end, each first-year student must pass a course that focuses on the techniques for producing effective academic and intellectual writing. 

 There are two ways to meet this Composition requirement:

  1. Successful completion of a WRI 101 course, taught by faculty from across the college. WRI 101 courses are offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. WRI 101 course descriptions, guidelines for choosing a WRI 101 course, and information about the course goals are available on the Writing Program web site.
  2. Successful completion of both Humanities 150 and 151. For more information about these courses, please consult the Humanities Program materials. 


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