The Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry

We are a diverse community of teachers and scholars who offer UAlbany's first-year students a rigorous introduction to the work of writing and thinking in college.

Our 25 full-time faculty members are experts in helping students to become effective, lifelong learners by connecting writing practices to the process of critical thinking.

Our first-year writing seminar, Writing and Critical Inquiry (UUNI 110), is a dynamic learning environment where students benefit from small classes and one-on-one interactions with their instructor. Writing and Critical Inquiry is a required course for all incoming first-year students and fulfills the general education requirement for writing and critical inquiry. If you're a student who will be taking WCI, click here!

Are you interested in submitting an essay for the Fall, 2017 WCI Essay Contest? Click on the flyer for more information about deadlines and procedures for submitting. 

Join us for the Spring, 2017 WCI Writing Contest Celebration. 
Please click on the flyer for more information.
We're asking that you RSVP to Kim Nava ( by April 26th.

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Former WCI student Mumen Bishawi gives his speech at the Fall, 2016 Emerging Leaders Celebration.