Welcome to the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Homepage at Northern Illinois University. Writing across the curriculum is a pedagogical movement based on the premise that students learn critical thinking best when they actively engage in the subject matter of a course through writing. When students use writing as a means of inquiry and problem solving in various classes, they simultaneously learn the material and become better writers. Perhaps the following statement from NIU’s First-Year Composition Program defines WAC most succinctly:
“Writing should not be confined to first-year writing classes; we live in the world of language, and students should be encouraged to engage in expressive, academic, and professional writing and speaking in all of their classes.”
What, then, is a WAC Program? See INWAC's Statement of WAC Principles and Practices.
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