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Writing Intensive Program

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The Writing Intensive Program at D'Youville is all about learning to navigate the writing process.

Writing Intensive Program courses encourage students to explore, develop, research, design, present, and reflect on their writing in and out of the classroom. Writing projects vary widely, from informal journals and research projects to imagined debates, op-eds, and multimedia projects.

As an undergraduate, you will need to complete two WIP courses to graduate. You can take your WIP courses anywhere you like: in your major (ask your advisor!), in a minor (ask your minor advisor!), or as part of your general education (ask anyone!).


If you can’t find time for one of those courses, you can earn a one-course waiver by submitting a writing portfolio to the WIP Director for evaluation. You can find the instructions below.

Waiver Policies and Instructions

Writing Intensive Program (WIP): Guide to WIP Course Waivers

All D'Youville undergraduates must complete two WIP courses. ENG 111 is a prerequisite for all WIP courses. There are two options to receive a WIP course waiver:

  1. Transfer Credit: only ONE WIP Course Waiver is allowed. A student may transfer credit for an equivalent writing intensive course from another accredited institution. The student must present to the department chair and the registrar copies of the original course description and assignments. The registrar evaluates the material to determine equivalency based on the criteria of a D'Youville WIP course.
  2. Writing Portfolio Submission for Evaluation: only ONE WIP Course Waiver is allowed.
    Note: Portfolios for graduating senior students must be submitted by midterm (week 8) of the semester before the student's final semester.
Writing Portfolio Submission Procedure
  • To apply for a waiver based on the evaluation of a writing portfolio, students must first consult with their chair or advisor to ensure accurate recording of the process.
  • Once cleared by the chair or advisor, the student must compile a writing portfolio and deliver it to the chair or advisor, not the WIP director. See the portfolio content requirements below.
  • The chair or advisor arranges delivery (or pick up) of the portfolio to the WIP Director. A cover memo for the portfolio is helpful: indicate student’s name, ID number, major, and year. Specify the request for evaluation of the student’s portfolio.
  • The WIP director evaluates the portfolio and, by official memo, recommends either to grant or not to grant a one-course WIP waiver. The memo is sent to student's chair, advisor, and the registrar.
  • The WIP director will return the writing portfolio to the chair or advisor for the student to retrieve. The writing assessment rubric, evaluation notes, and a copy of the official memo of the result will be included in the returned portfolio for the student.
Portfolio Content Requirements
  1. Each portfolio should include a cover letter that describes the contents of the portfolio and requests the evaluation of the writing portfolio for a WIP course waiver. The cover letter should be typed and include the student’s name and email address.
  2. The portfolio should present a minimum of 20 pages of formal writing:
    1. Writing samples should represent a variety of types of writing and courses: e.g., interpretive, analytic / scientific, descriptive, persuasive, etc.
    2. To provide a sense of the student’s current writing capacities, writing samples must be from recent courses, i.e., taken within the last two years.
    3. To ensure authenticity and avoid plagiarism, samples should show original grades / comments from the course professor(s) who assigned the writing task.
      • If writing samples are not available with grades and comments, then students should submit copies of the original assignment and grading rubric, or, if those are not available, a copy of the course syllabus. In some cases, portfolio without written comments may need to be submitted electronically. In these cases, contact Dr. Gooch directly for guidance.
    4. The portfolio should not include writing assignments from ENG 111, ENG 112 (or equivalent transfer freshmen English / Composition courses) or writing from a D'Youville WIP course.

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Writing Intensive Program
Joshua Gooch, WIP Director