The Writing Program’s mission is to ensure that all writers at Case Western Reserve University have opportunities to develop their written, oral, and multimodal communication skills. Our faculty offer a variety of writing and communication courses for CWRU undergraduate and graduate students.  A full list of courses is available through the General Bulletin; please consult the Student Information System for a list of courses offered each semester.

New GER (Fall 2023) - Written, Oral, and Multimodal Communication

Students matriculating prior to Fall 2023 are enrolled in SAGES - the Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship. Students matriculating in Fall 2023 and later will be enrolled in a new set of General Education Requirements (GER), as described below.

Description & Learning Outcomes

Written, oral, and multimodal communication is essential to all academic and civic endeavors.  The sequence of courses that satisfy this requirement ensure that students have multiple opportunities to compose texts that will contribute to their academic, civic, and personal growth.

By the end of these experiences, students will be able to

  • Identify, analyze, and respond appropriately to the contexts, audiences, and purposes of a variety of writing/communication tasks (rhetorical awareness);
  • Apply critical, creative, and analytical skills to describe and evaluate relevant questions or problems (critical thinking);
  • Use effective research methods to discover and evaluate credible, relevant, and diverse sources that are appropriate for the writing/communication task (information literacy);
  • Contribute to scholarly conversations among diverse people and perspectives (authorial agency);
  • Develop successful composing processes, including strategies for reading, responding, drafting, collaborating, revising, editing, and reflecting (composing processes); and
  • Compose effective written, oral, and multimodal texts that address the expectations for the task, as appropriate to the genre and discipline (mechanical & stylistic agility).

Requirement for Students

Students must pass the following sequence of courses:

  • An Academic Inquiry Seminar (3 credit-hours) during their first year of enrollment;
  • Two Communication-Intensive Courses (at least 3 credit-hours each);
  • A Disciplinary Communication Course (3 credit-hours); and
  • A Capstone Project Course (at least 3 credit-hours).

Guidance for Faculty & Departments

The Writing Program supports the development of effective writing/communication courses. For individual consultations, please contact us directly. The following materials are intended to support faculty developing courses for the New GER sequence. Please note that these documents are restricted to CWRU network users.

Additional materials and resources will be added as they become available including the FSCUE Guidance for Faculty proposing course in the new GER (coming soon). Thank you for your patience.