Writing Intensive Requirement 

The purposes of Writing Intensive classes, designated by WI, PW, or LW following the course number, are 1) to help students learn to think and write in the discourses of their disciplines, 2) to become familiar with how ideas are presented and interpreted in particular professions and fields of study, and 3) to further develop the analytical reading, critical thinking, and communication skills that they need to be competent citizens and workers.

At the end of a Writing Intensive Course at UMKC, students should be able to:

  •          Write in genres, participate in activities, and perform assignments that are appropriate to the respective discipline. 
  •          Demonstrate their ability through writing to read closely and analyze critically the texts of their disciplines.
  •          Produce writing through the process of brainstorming, research, drafting, peer review, and revising.
  •          Articulate and support a coherent thesis or purpose in their writing and develop it according to the conventions of a given discipline or audience.
  •          Use research methods and documentation that meet the standards of the discipline.
  •          Articulate and discuss their work with peers or the instructor.

To achieve these student learning outcomes, students will produce a variety of assignments that differ in purpose and length. An essay or research paper of at least 2,000 words or eight pages expected in all Writing Intensive classes. Examinations may include essay questions.

Students must take the RooWriter Writing Assessment before they register for Writing Intensive classes. The RooWriter should be taken after successful completion of Discourse II or equivalent. For more information about the RooWriter, go to https://www.umkc.edu/roowriter/.