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Writing Flag

Upon full implementation, students will be required to earn credit for three Writing Flag courses in order to graduate. (Check with your advisor to make sure you know how many flag requirements have been implemented for your degree program.)

The Writing Flag requirement helps students improve their

  • critical thinking skills
  • understanding of course content
  • ability to formulate ideas in writing
  • ability to write in the style of a particular discipline

Writing Flag courses do more than just improve your writing skills. In a recent survey of 23,000 college students, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) found that “When courses provided extensive, intellectually challenging writing activities, students engaged in more deep learning activities