Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
Director: Christiane K. Donahue
Associate Professor C. K. Donahue; Assistant Professors J. A. Compton, D. K. Drummond; Senior Lecturers A. E. Bumpus, M. E. Heck, D. J. Moody, T. S. Osborne; Lecturers A.S. Aldea, F. N. A'Ness, T.M. Baker, P. Baum, W. B. Boyer, S. B. Chaney, J. E. Dobson, D. Harper, J. L. Kalish, M. D. Koch, A. Kremer, C. Lannon, G. A. Lenhart, M. M. McIntyre, P. Merton, C. N. Mouton Kinyon, W. A. Piper, D. A. Rezvani, E. B. Rockmore, S. B. Smith, A.C. Taylor, N. B. Van Kley; Visiting Associate Professors N. J. Crumbine, J. B. Sargent; Visiting Assistant Professor S. Grushina; Adjunct Assistant Professor C. P. Thum.
The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric courses include the first-year writing courses (WRIT 2 - WRIT 3, WRIT 5, and the First-year Seminars), courses in Speech, and advanced courses in writing. The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric also includes peer-tutorial programs that support students in their writing, research, and new media activities.
To view Speech courses, click here.
To view Writing courses, click here.
First-year Writing Requirement
The first-year writing requirement for the undergraduate degree at Dartmouth consists of WRIT 5: Expository Writing (or its two-term equivalent WRIT 2 - WRIT 3 : Composition and Research I and II) and also a First-year Seminar. Since Fall 2012, another way of fulfilling the first-year writing requirement is to take Humanities 1-2 (HUM 1 - HUM 2), a special interdisciplinary two-term course for first-year students offered only in fall and winter terms. Students interested in taking Humanities 1-2 must contact the Humanities 1-2 program during the summer for information on deadlines and procedures to apply. For contact information, see: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~hums1-2/
Individual section descriptions for WRIT 5 and course descriptions for First-year Seminars are posted prior to registration for a given term. Links to these descriptions can be found on the registrar's website at the bottom of this page: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~reg/registration/
First-year Seminars offer every first-year student the opportunity to participate in a course structured around independent research, small group discussion, and intensive writing. By vote of the Faculty and Trustees, successful completion of one seminar has long been a requirement for the undergraduate degree. First-year Seminars are administered by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.
The function of the First-year Seminar program is threefold. First, by means of a uniform writing requirement, it emphasizes the importance of written expression in all disciplines. Second, it provides an attractive and exciting supplement to the usual introductory survey course in many disciplines. In the seminar chosen a student may explore, both alone and with a small group, a topic of special interest to the individual student, to classmates, and to the instructor. Third, in its emphasis on inquiry and writing, the program enables each first-year student to have an early experience of the kind of scholarship that fuels Dartmouth’s upper-level courses.
A First-year Seminar may serve in satisfaction of specific General Education requirements, provided that the individual seminar has been approved for this purpose, and for the specific year and term, by the Committee on Instruction. First-year Seminars are taken in the term immediately following completion of WRIT 5 (or its equivalent WRIT 2 - WRIT 3). Students are not eligible to participate in Off-Campus Programs until they have satisfied the First-year Seminar requirement.
These seminars are open only to first-year students. First-year students are permitted to enroll in a second seminar within the limit of sixteen students per course after all students who have not yet met the requirement have had a chance to elect a seminar.