Writing in the Disciplines | University of Portland

Writing in the Disciplines

Good writing is more than just conveying information; it is a powerful way to formulate, clarify, and share good thinking.

Student on laptop in a classroomWriting skills are essential to a quality liberal arts education, and at UP students take two writing intensive courses as part of the Foundation Level of the Core (English 112: Thinking through Literature and Philosophy 150: Engaging Philosophy). Building on this foundation, students then take two additional “Writing in the Discipline” (WID) courses embedded with writing instruction appropriate to their major. WID courses are primarily organized within major programs, but are connected to the Core through the goal of developing strong writing competencies.

Overall, the WID model allows students to develop both broad writing skills essential for effective communication, and more specific writing skills essential for their professional futures. More information about specific WID course offerings is available in the University Bulletin.