The mission of the Program in Writing and Communication (PWC) is to integrate the practice of analytical writing and the techniques of both oral and visual communication into the Rice curriculum, with two goals in mind: To enable our students to articulate their ideas as we prepare them for academic and professional life; and to affirm the necessity of this ability and its fundamental value to every aspect of their education and across every University department and discipline.
The PWC provides oversight for the First-Year Writing-Intensive Seminars (FWIS). FWIS are content-based, 3 credit hour seminars in which writing and communication pedagogy plays a significant role in assignments and grading. The courses reflect a broad range of disciplines from across the university.
All first-year students must pass the English Composition Examination and complete a content-based FWIS during their first year at Rice. Students who fail the Composition Exam must successfully complete FWIS 100 during the fall of their first year and prior to enrolling in one of the required content-based FWIS courses.
The PWC also includes the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication. Housed in Fondren Library, the Center supports teaching and learning through workshops, consulting, and courses for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. Headed by a team of communication professionals, the Center also includes a large staff of writing and communication consultants, both graduate and undergraduate, who are available for individual tutoring appointments. The Center includes facilities for one-on-one consultations and group work, as well as advanced technology for preparation of oral and visual presentations. Physically accessible whenever Fondren Library is open, the Center is virtually accessible around the clock through the PWC website .
For courses that satisfy the First-Year Writing Intensive Seminar graduation requirement, please see Rice's Course Catalog.
The Program in Writing and Communication does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for the Program in Writing and Communication can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Program in Writing and Communication, see the department's website: http://pwc.rice.edu/.