Western Heritage in a Global Context

General Education

Writing Requirements

All students will be asked to use writing assignments to help them learn the course material and to formulate their thoughts about the ideas and opinions expressed in lectures and in the reading materials. Faculty members teaching in the course will adapt writing assignments to their students' particular learning style. The WHGC faculty have agreed to design these assignments so that a student will spend about 35 hours total time in actual writing. (Obviously some students will require more, and some less time to do the assignments well.)

Every student is strongly urged to use the services of the Writing Center in Room SE-103. In the Writing Center student consultants, professional staff, reference texts, and Macintosh computers are available to help students improve their composing skills. Improving writing is one of the primary goals of WHGC. The processes of scholarly writing contributes directly to learning course material and to developing higher-order reasoning skills. We firmly believe, and decades of research confirm, that the ability to express ideas clearly and eloquently in writing is a vital skill for becoming a successful professional--in business, in the arts, in science, or in whatever field one enters. Take pride in your writing!

What is WHGC?

Western Heritage in a Global Context (known as WHGC) will engage some of the influential works and ideas of Western civilization in a conversation with important works of non-Western civilizations. We will also listen to voices that have often gone unrecognized in traditional Western Civilization courses. What we envision is a journey through time that creates cross-cultural communication and allows students to consider alternatives to the received wisdom of their own culture.