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Writing Across The Curriculum

What is WAC?

WAC, which stands for Writing Across the Curriculum, describes a way of thinking about teaching and learning that recognizes that writing is a fundamental part of knowledge-making and communication in all academic disciplines. 

Syracuse’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative is committed to supporting the teaching and learning of writing in all disciplines across campus. Our goal is to help and support instructors in:

  • developing strategies to teach writing in disciplinary courses
  • generating ideas for using writing as a tool for learning
  • designing writing-intensive courses
  • revising syllabi to integrate writing more purposefully into teaching
  • implementing culturally inclusive writing practices

Our work builds on theories that support multilingual writers and that promote anti-racist assessment strategies as we see such work as an integral part of writing across the curriculum.

WAC takes place through both the department and the Writing Center. It consists of a range of programs that include the WAC Faculty Fellows Initiative.

To learn more about how WAC can help you better integrate writing into your courses, please contact Emily Dressing, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, at or Sidney Turner, Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, at

The Writing Center as a WAC resource

Since its inception, the mission of the Writing Center has been to help students of various academic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds become more rhetorically aware, capable writers. The Center works closely with a variety of departments and organizations across campus to facilitate WAC practices and pedagogy. These collaborations include everything from designing and delivering a wide range of workshops (involving the Center for International Services, the English Language Institute, the Graduate School and individual departments, among others) to discipline-specific consulting and course development. The Writing Center also oversees disciplinary consultants for the architecture department, Maxwell, EMPA, HEOP, and the Honors College along with WRT 105 Learning Communities for Education, Health and Exercise Science, Sports Management, and Sports Analytics majors.

Learn more about the Writing Center.