Jun 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog


Professor: Campbell (Director)
Associate Professor:  Fernandez
Assistant Professor: Rippeon
Assistant Professor of the Practice: Blum

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

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 popwer and clarity.  To this end, teach 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 the Composition Requirement:

  1. Successful completiong of WRI 101 - Course list for Writing in the Liberal Arts , taught by faculty from across the college.  WRI 101 courses are offered in both fall and spring semesters.  For information about guidelines for choosing a WRI 101 course and course goals, visit the Writing Program website.
  2. Successful completion of both Humanities 150 and 151 or Humanities 103 and 104.  For more information about these courses, please consult the Humanities Program materials.