Writing Intensive

Courses in the Writing Intensive Concentration (WIC) provide you with an opportunity to learn and apply strategies for writing in your academic and professional areas of interest. WIC-designated courses are offered every semester in a variety of academic disciplines.

What is a writing intensive course?

WIC sections cover the same material as non-writing intensive sections, but with a special emphasis on writing. You will write regularly and learn to communicate in a specific field of study. Writing assignments vary between sections and are tied to the learning objectives of each course.

Why take writing intensive courses?

Writing Intensive courses encourage higher-level thinking and can improve retention of course concepts. A number of four-year colleges require them, so the concentration is especially recommended for prospective transfer students who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree. Moreover, a growing body of research shows writing instruction to be more effective when it is discipline-specific. The work in a Writing Intensive course is more like the writing that professionals actually do, giving you direct exposure to specialized writing practices and facilitating your success in the post-college world. Finally, skilled written communicators are better equipped to succeed in digital contexts, where even simple correspondence requires coherent writing and clear communication.

Concentration Information

The Writing Intensive Concentration comprises a minimum of 12 credit hours. 

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Current Courses

You can search for Writing Intensive courses by selecting "Writing Intensive" from the "Special Course Type" drop-down menu in the online schedule.

  • EAS 100-0C1: Introduction to Earth Science
  • ECO 101-0C1: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 201-0C1: Principles of Microeconomics
  • HUM 140-001: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • HUM 142-001: Women and Creativity
  • HUM 210-0G1: World Mythologies 
  • HUM 210-0G5: World Mythologies
  • HUM 220-050: Asian Humanities 
  • HUM 220-0G2: Asian Humanities 
  • PHL 106-0G4: Ethics
  • PHL 106-0G7: Ethics 
  • PHL 205-0C1: World Religions 
  • PHL 205-0C2: World Religions
  • PSC 201-0C1: Comparative Government 
  • PSY 234-050: Family Systems 
  • SOC 101-007: Introduction to Sociology 
  • SOC 103-0C6: Social Problems 
  • SPE 103-004: Effective Speech 
  • SPE 103-012: Effective Speech 

Program Objectives

  1. Identify the demands of an audience in terms of writing conventions for academic and / or professional rhetorical situations.
  2. Use writing process techniques of planning, drafting, revising based on feedback and editing for presentation to compose academic or professional writing for a particular audience.
  3. Use research databases and online search techniques to identify and select sources to support writing in academic and professional rhetorical situations.
  4. Critically evaluate sources for bias and / or misrepresentation.
  5. Evaluate their own and others’ writing as part of the revision process and incorporate feedback from others in the writing process.

Meet Your Faculty

Valeria Benson-Lira
Assistant Professor of Physical Science
B.A. Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores De Monterrey
M.A. Arizona State University
Office: 138, Lee Center, Des Plaines

Elena Ermolenko Fein
Professor, Economics
Diploma of Specialist (DS) Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law (Russia)
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office: 2452, Des Plaines

Mary Hope Griffin 
B.A. New York University
M.A. New York University
M.Div. Yale University
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Robert Gynn
Chair, Music, Speech and Theater Department
Professor of Speech and Theater
B.A. DePauw University
M.A.T. Beloit College
M.S.C. Northwestern University
Office 2612, Des Plaines

Anil Lal 
B.A. Hindu College
M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Rondell Merrill
B.A. Southern Utah University
M.A. Ball State University
ABD University of Illinois at Chicago
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Michelle Naffziger-Hirsch
Co-chair, Anthropology, College Studies, Education, Psychology, Sociology & Social Sciences (ACEPSS) 
Professor of Sociology
B.A. Northwestern University
M.A. Northwestern University
Ph.D. Northwestern University
Office: 3604, Des Plaines

Clare Pearson 
B.A. University of Chicago
M.A. University of Chicago
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Dennis Polkow 
B.A. DePaul University
M.A. DePaul University
Office: 2430, Des Plaines 

Ribhi I. Salhi
B.A. University of Jordan
M.A. Roosevelt University
M.A. Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. Walden University
Office: B206, Skokie

Ahalya Satkunaratnam
Associate Professor of Humanities
B.A. Loyola University, Chicago
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
Office: 3616, Des Plaines


Phil Sloan, Professor of English and Writing Intensive Coordinator

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Phil Sloan, Professor of English and Writing Intensive Coordinator