The Writing and Critical Inquiry (WCI) Program introduces students to intellectual inquiry at the University with a focus on academic writing. The seminar is devoted to rigorous practice in writing as a discipline itself and as an essential form of inquiry in postsecondary education.
WCI also enables students to develop competence in oral communication and information literacy, with critical thinking and reasoning forming the bedrock of students’ communication in all formats and in their production and consumption of information.
Students must complete U UNI 110 (or A ENG 110) with a grade of C or better, or an S, by the end of their second semester at UAlbany. In addition, students must meet advanced writing requirements as established by the department or program within which they are enrolled as a major.
WCI Program Learning Objectives
In WCI students will:
approach writing as an individual process of textual production, a form of inquiry, and a social practice;
apply rhetorical principles to assess various rhetorical situations and complete varied discipline-based writing tasks;
develop competence in writing effectively for a variety of purposes, to different audiences, and in different media (including traditional, digital, and multi-media formats);
develop awareness of the diverse, cultural, context-bound, and evolving nature of written English; and
learn appropriate concepts and develop a lexicon for discussing and analyzing writing and writing situations.
General Education Learning Objectives
Successfully completing WCI satisfies the SUNY General Education Framework requirement in Written and Oral Communication, as well as the core competencies in Critical Thinking and Information Literacy. Students will:
communicate effectively in college-level forms, orally and in writing, in ways that engage relevant audiences;
make sustained efforts to revise and improve this oral and written communication;
clearly describe an issue or problem, gather relevant data and research, and develop well-reasoned analysis, arguments, and conclusions;
identify, analyze, and evaluate ideas, arguments, and information in their own or others’ work, demonstrating an awareness of authority, perspective, bias, and intended effect;
demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dimensions of information use, creation, and dissemination.
Any appropriate lower-division undergraduate course, including Honors College courses, may qualify as the equivalent of Writing and Critical Inquiry, provided that the course is approved as such by the General Education Committee and the Undergraduate Academic Council.
Such courses must be similar in intent to Writing and Critical Inquiry and therefore must emphasize writing as an essential part of academic inquiry and provide students with opportunities for regular and sustained practice in writing in a variety of appropriate forms in different media, for appropriate purposes and audiences.
For additional information, visit the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program website.