Discipline Specific Writing
College graduates in all fields who face complex thinking assignments and critical communication tasks know that sound writing and reading skills form the basis of success in almost every profession. Because we see the importance of this idea, the College of Arts and Humanities has a concerted effort to give writing a more prominent role in the intellectual life of our students.
We are striving to accomplish this goal through our Discipline Specific Writing program, which is committed to helping Arts and Humanities faculty develop and teach writing intensive courses. These "W" courses concentrate on helping students communicate in the patterns of inquiry of each discipline and increase their competence in written expression.
Through DSW, we emphasize writing, especially informal writing, as a tool for students to learn course content and for faculty to accomplish course goals.
For more information, please visit the Discipline Specific Writing website.
IDS and XIDS refer to the cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of courses in various programs and across the UWG curriculum. IDS programs include one major and seven minor degrees: A B.A. in Global Studies (Course prefix GLOB); it also includes programs in Africana Studies, Canadian Studies, Classical Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latin American Studies and Women's Studies. Each of these programs includes courses from a range of academic departments and disciplines. See the related links for program requirements and course offerings. XIDS courses can be team-taught or by a single professor. The purpose is to offer, through special topics, an integrative learning experience that results in a new and enhanced perspective. Three XIDS courses in the core are templates for creating a variety of new, topic-driven sections.
First Year Programs
The first year of college is both exciting and challenging. One of the most challenging aspects of any college career is the transition into the college culture, including what is expected of students and the dynamics of university life as a whole. For that reason, the University of West Georgia has implemented several programs to assist the student in that transition. These programs engage students in intellectual, social, and cultural dimensions of learning while challenging them to develop the skills and sense of responsibility needed to be successful as a college student and citizen.
For more information, please visit the First Year Programs website.