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Graduation Requirements

First Year Program in Rhetoric and Writing

The first-year writing program focuses on the inter-relationship between thinking and writing. In order to achieve this emphasis, analysis and critical thinking form the basis, as expressed in writing, which then forms the basis of the experience. Thus, the required course in rhetoric and writing become foundations for all academic work students will undertake while they are at Berry. Students are expected to complete RHW 102 during their first year of academic study. In order to complete the first-year writing sequence, students must earn a C- or better in RHW 102.

Writing Across the Curriculum

The Writing-intensive program, Writing Across the Curriculum, is grounded in two beliefs:

  • Writing is an essential skill for lifelong learning.
  • Active learning of course content is enhanced as student's involvement in critical and analytical thinking is prompted by a variety of writing tasks that receive feedback from peers and/or instructors.

The goal of the program is to assure that a Berry College diploma enables graduates to enter academic and professional careers with strong writing and cognitive skills. Faculty  involved in teaching WI courses have received special instruction in ways to integrate writing as a tool for enhancing critical thinking and information  acquisition. Students will use a wide variety of pre-writing, drafting, revision and peer-review strategies so that writing becomes a means to content mastery  within particular courses and disciplines. Students are required to complete a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at the 300- and 400-level, totaling a minimum of six semester hours ordinarily within their major after they complete the freshman-writing sequence. Part of this work should be taken during the junior year, and part during the senior year. Writing in WI courses requires students to utilize the same knowledge and skills that were developed in Rhetoric and Writing 102. The application of those skills to a particular discipline's expectations is a natural feature of all WI courses.

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