Writing Programs

WAC Mission

At Union College, we believe that writing is a crucial component of vibrant intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering disciplines. The WAC program supports a diverse culture of writing that includes a variety of styles, genres, and contexts. Our program is committed to the development of student writers through writing-rich coursework both within and across the disciplines.

The Academic Affairs Council appointed Writing Board oversees WAC designated courses, approving and reviewing course syllabi. We support best teaching practices through faculty development workshops, departmental assessment workshops, and collaboration with The Writing Center, which promotes excellence in student writing and thinking in the liberal arts tradition.

Our Philosophy

Underlying our program is the belief that writing can be made an integral part of learning in a wide range of disciplines and should not be restricted to those disciplines, such as English, which are typically associated with “teaching writing.” We believe students should be given frequent opportunities for writing across the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering curriculum, so that they learn to think more critically and creatively. When students are confronted with well designed, frequent writing assignments, they learn to engage more deeply with the content of their courses, and they are better able to transfer what they have learned from course to course, from context to context — and ultimately from discipline to discipline.

A Learning Community

Union’s WAC program supports the goals of General Education and the Strategic Plan of the college. In particular, our program focuses on writing as a tool that helps students learn to communicate critical and analytical thinking, as they make original contributions to academic, community, and global questions (Common Curriculum Learning Outcomes A & B; Strategic Plan Foundation 1 Goals 4, 5, 6). The WAC program also helps students reflect on their learning and its role in their continuing development as intellectually engaged, innovative, and open-minded citizens of the world (Common Curriculum Learning Outcomes C; Strategic Plan Foundation 1 Goal 7).

In solidarity with partners across the college, our goal is to help students discover lifelong intellectual interests as they develop broad and deep knowledge across the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering curriculum (Foundation 1 Strategic Plan Goal 3, 5).

Learn more about the structure and requirements of Union’s Writing Across the Curriculum program here.

Schaffer Library 226 & 227

The Writing Center is open during the ten-week term, Sunday through Thursday, 3-11pm. We are closed on Friday and Saturday. The Writing Center typically opens each term on the Sunday after the first week of classes. Because we are staffed by students just like you, we offer limited hours during the week of Final Exams. We are not open during breaks (winter, spring, or summer).