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“W” Requirement

Writing “W” courses (typically 3000- and 4000-level) build upon your earlier work in WRI 1000 Academic Inquiry and Writing Seminar and WRI 1100 Academic Research and Writing Seminar 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.

Courses that fulfill the "W" requirement