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What is a Writing-Intensive (W) Course?
Every student at Queens College must take College Writing 1 (ENG 110), College Writing 2, and two additional writing-intensive courses—known as W courses.
A writing-intensive course typically uses writing to help students develop their understanding of course materials and concepts. W courses tend to be smaller than non-W courses, so that instructors can devote time and attention to the writing and writing process of individual students. W courses also give students a chance to practice writing in ways that are particular to specific disciplines.
There are as many types of W courses as there are fields of academic study—for example, English 140W (Introduction to Poetry), Mathematics 213W (Writing with Mathematica), Psychology 213W (Experimental Psychology), Media Studies 330W (The Music Industry), or Sociology 381W (Senior Seminar). You can expect some of the following from any W course you take:
Which Writing-Intensive Courses Should You Take?
You should consider carefully which writing-intensive courses to take. Every student—and every writer—is different. As you make choices about the W courses you’ll take, think about what you want or need to learn, what kinds of feedback you’ve received from teachers in the past, and what kinds of writing will help you most in your future profession and your life.
While there is no one-size-fits-all program of W courses, you should consider the following: