Check out the English Department’s award-winning Interdisciplinary Writing Program (IWP).
Writing assignments in an IWP linked writing course always draw on materials from the accompanying lecture course, and often include drafts of papers which are also submitted in the lecture course. All writing links include individual conferences with the instructor to discuss drafts of essays. UW research shows that taking writing links often improves students’ grades and the depth of their learning in both the writing course and the lecture course.
IWP writing links ENGL 197, 198, and 199 are linked with lecture courses at the 100-level. ENGL 297, 298, and 299 are linked with courses at the 200-level and above. While ENGL 297, 29! 8, and 299 are called “Intermediate Writing,” there is no pre-requisite — students do not need to take a 100-level writing course before enrolling in a 200-level writing link. Students may take up to 3 IWP writing links. Students who have already taken an IWP writing link or an EWP course (like English 111, 121 or 131) for their “C” credit may use an IWP writing link toward the ‘W” requirement.
There is space available in the following pairs of lectures and writing links. All are focused on issues of critical importance, and all provide 10 credits toward UW general education requirements: the writing links are “C” courses, and the lectures are all “I&S” courses:
English 298R (MWF 10:30-11:20) is linked with Soc 292, Sociology of Public Education (MWF 11:30-12:20). This pair of courses will be of particular interest to students considering careers in Education, or working with/on behalf of children. The courses include community-based service-learning in public K-12 schools, and the writing link will include a unit on career-related writing in partnership with the UW Career Center.