University Writing Program faculty, staff & students on stage at the War & Power debate


Writing is a central component of GW’s General Education Curriculum, which requires that all undergraduates must complete one First Year Writing seminar (UW 1020) and two Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses. The University Writing Program interacts with nearly every one of the university’s 3,000 first year students. In addition to hundreds of writing courses, the program organizes events and workshops, compiles writing guidance for the campus community and manages the GW Writing Center.

The program also brings together an interdisciplinary faculty from across the university, with specialties in humanities, STEM fields, international relations, business and more. Faculty have been widely published and have received prestigious awards and fellowships from institutions including the National Science Foundation, the Black Film/Archive Center at Indiana University, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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GW Writing Requirement Overview

GW’s writing requirement is built on the principle that intensive writing instruction carried out over multiple terms enhances learning and builds writing skills and practices for the long term. Building skill in writing is not something that should be completed as fast as possible. The University Writing Program recommends an intentional, sequential order of classes: UW 1020 in the first year, one WID course in the sophomore year and one WID course in the junior year.