“W” Requirements

Writing “W” courses (typically 3000- and 4000-level) build upon your earlier work in WRI 1000 and WRI 1100 by providing instruction in the technical and stylistic requirements of writing appropriate to a particular discipline.

These courses have a substantial writing component. Students write at least two papers and a minimum of 3,000 words (about 12 double-spaced pages) of final-draft prose. Faculty members spend at least one class period providing instruction in writing, and they evaluate written work for both content and form — not only for what is said, but also for how it is said. These courses provide opportunities for revision, as well.

  • If you enter SPU with freshman or sophomore standing, you are required to complete 8 credits in writing (“W”) courses prior to graduation.
  • If you enter as a junior, you are required to complete 5 credits in writing (“W”) courses prior to graduation.
  • If you enter SPU as a senior, you are required to complete 3 credits in writing (“W”) courses prior to graduation.

Post-baccalaureate students

Unless stipulated by your major or minor, you are not required to fulfill the "W" requirement if you are a post-baccalaureate student.