FAQs

1. Q. What is a WIC course?
A. A Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) course is an upper division course that has been approved as meeting all WIC criteria specified by the OSU Faculty Senate. Students fulfill the WIC requirement of the Baccalaureate Core by taking an approved WIC in their major.
2. Q. Where are WIC courses listed?
A. WIC courses are listed in the Baccalaureate Core section of the Schedule of Classes. Courses being offered during the current term are printed in bold in the list. WIC courses are identified by the ^ sign in the class schedule and in the University Catalog. WIC courses are also listed online http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/bcc.aspx. Scroll down until you get to the WIC list.

3. Q. What do all WIC courses have in common?
A. WIC courses are upper division content courses in the major, are at least 3 credit hours, and are taught by faculty in the major. In WIC courses, informal ungraded or minimally-graded writing is used as a mode of learning course content. Students also are introduced to formal writing appropriate to the discipline or field, receive instruction in writing in the discipline, and are allowed to revise formal assignments after receiving feedback on drafts.
4. Q. When should I take my WIC course?
A. It is generally suggested that the WIC course be taken during the junior or senior year.
5. Q. Does my WIC course have to be taken in my major department?
A. Yes. If you have an interdisciplinary major, your advisor will identify the WIC courses from which you may choose.
6. Q. If I have a double major, do I have to take a WIC course in both departments?
A. The purpose of the Writing Intensive requirement is to insure that each graduate is prepared to write in the discourse, conventions, and genres of his or her major field.

A student completing requirements for two majors including Double Degrees as well as dual majors (one degree with two majors) may request that one WIC course satisfy the WIC requirement for graduation in both majors.

This opportunity is available if and only if:

1. The discourse, written conventions, and genres of the two majors are closely related,

and

2. The substitution of a WIC course from one major for that in another major is approved in writing by the Chairs or Heads of both departments involved and the approval is placed in the student's academic file. The purpose of the Writing Intensive requirement is to insure that each graduate is prepared to write in the discourse, conventions, and genres of his or her major field.
 
Students and advisors should be aware that in some cases, the WIC course in a major is an integral part of the degree and substitution may not be appropriate. The final decision rests with the Department Chair or Head.
7. Q. Can I get WIC credit for a course taken at another school?
A. WIC courses are taken at OSU because courses at other schools are not likely to conform to all requirements of a WIC course.
8. Q. Can I take more than one WIC course?
A. Yes, you may take as many WIC courses as you like, but your WIC requirement must be satisfied in your major department. WIC courses taken in departments outside your major do not satisfy your WIC requirement.
9. Q. Where can I get help with my writing?
A.THE OSU Writing Center is located at 123 Waldo Hall. You can make an appointment with a writing assistant who will work with you on whatever stage of the writing process you need help with understanding the assignment, generating ideas, organizing the paper, developing ideas, revising a draft, editing and proofreading. Writing assistants will help you work on revising, but they will not correct your paper for you. The Writing Center also staffs a Writing Desk in the Commons area of the Valley Library at certain hours. Additional writing help is available on the Writing Center Web Site http://osu.orst.edu/dept/writing-center/twc.html. To make an appointment at the Writing Center, call 737-5640. You can also submit a question in writing to writingq@lists.orst.edu. You will usually receive an answer within one day.
10. Q. My WIC course requires a library research paper. I am not very experienced in doing library research. Where can I learn more about this?
A. An online tutorial on writing research papers is located at http://osulibrary.orst.edu/instruction/tutorials

You should also talk with your WIC teacher about the skills you feel you are lacking in library research.
11. Q. How can I learn my way around the OSU Valley Library?
A. Take a virtual tour of the library, check floor maps, and learn about specific library services and collections at http://osulibrary.orst.edu/instruction