Curriculum

Curriculum

The Curriculum

Learning to communicate effectively with all audiences is at the heart of a West Point education, the very first of seven enumerated goals in the academic program. As a result, cadets face communication challenges on a daily basis in their academic courses and many other professional contexts at the Military Academy. Like its counterparts at civilian peer and aspirant institutions, the West Point Writing Program prepares cadets to meet these challenges by focusing on a select number of courses where attention to writing process and practice play enhanced roles. We see writing as the foundation of all other communication skills cadets develop over their 47-month experience, including reading, listening, speaking, briefing, and critical thinking.

More than forty courses are linked to the West Point Writing Program.  These courses belong to one of four categories:

Every one of these courses draws on our Pedagogical Model to foster a continuous, progressive education in writing in which cadets begin with courses in general composition and gradually study more diverse and discipline-specific forms of writing and communication. At the heart of it all are Signature Writing Events within each course that help West Point assess the progress and proficiency of all cadet writers.

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First Year Composition

First Year Composition (FYC) courses prepare students to meet communications challenges across the curriculum by guiding their practice of multiform, recursive processes of reading, writing, thinking, and speaking.

Faculty teaching FYC courses can access resources and up-to-date information in the appropriate Sharepoint folder

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Writing-in-the-Core

Writing-in-the-Core (WiC) courses draw on one of the most venerated strengths of the liberal education that every cadet receives at West Point: its robust core curriculum. 

Faculty teaching WiC courses can access resources and up-to-date information in the appropriate Sharepoint folder

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Writing-in-the-Major

Writing-in-the-Major (WiM) courses emphasize the study and practice of discipline-specific writing; faculty prepare cadets to write in particular genres and modes, and to address specialized audiences.

Faculty teaching WiM courses can access resources and up-to-date information in the appropriate Sharepoint folder

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Writing-in-the-Profession

In their final semesters, cadets increasingly take up more sophisticated writing challenges, in their chosen majors as well as in courses that especially prepare them for officership: Writing-in-the-Profession (WiP). 

Faculty teaching WiP courses can access resources and up-to-date information in the appropriate Sharepoint folder

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