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Writing Across the Curriculum

What is Writing Across the Curriculum?

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is a pedagogical movement that has been evolving in higher education since the 1970s. It is based on the following ideas:

  • writing is best learned when taught by the entire academic community in the context of each discipline;
  • writing should be practiced at every level of education;
  • writing can be used to promote critical thinking and learning. WAC strategies help students understand course content while expanding notions of themselves as thinkers and writers.

For more on the history of WAC, see our Readings list.