Writing Across the Curriculum


The Writing Program teaches students the critical thinking, reading, rhetorical and information literacy skills they will need to be leaders in their professions and in their communities. 

Learning Outcomes

As a result of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and evaluate the purpose, audience and context of written work.
  • Recognize and assess their own multi-step writing process.
  • Use writing to foster inquiry.
  • Demonstrate fluency in disciplinary conventions.

Program Description

Philadelphia University recognizes the vital role of written communication in college, the workplace and in the community. All undergraduate students take courses in the Writing Program, which includes a wide range of academic and professional writing and is integrated throughout the institution’s professional majors and the general education core. The Writing Program is made up of two components: Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Hallmarks Core. Courses in both areas are based on the idea that writing is a process of inquiry that leads students to understand and interpret the world around them. These courses also teach students that writing is a complex process that hinges on the intersections between purpose, audience, and context.

Before graduating, all Philadelphia University undergraduate students must complete two writing-specific courses and four courses designated in the University Catalog as writing-intensive (WI). Because writing is an integral part of learning, students also complete numerous and diverse writing assignments in courses, studios and labs that are not designated as writing intensive. Professional writing tutors in the Learning and Advising Center support students in all subjects and at all levels of the curriculum.