Writing is fundamental to the pursuit of knowledge in the tradition of the liberal arts. The College Writing Program offers students the opportunity to develop written communication skills across and within disciplines. The ability to write well also prepares students for success in professions and graduate study. In order to fulfill the requirements of the College Writing Program, all students must take Freshman English and three additional course offerings designated as Writing Intensive.

Following is the process by which courses are officially designated as Writing Intensive (WI).

  1. Writing Intensive Designation Form completed by instructor
  2. Review by the applicant's department
  3. Review by Committee on College Writing
  4. Recommendation of WI designation by Committee on College Writing to the Dean of College



  • This application process is for Writing Intensive designation of existing Saint Anselm College courses. Proposed new courses must first be approved as an official course by the college following the usual procedure (department, to Dean, to subcommittee, to Curriculum Committee) before applying for Writing Intensive designation.
  • Writing Intensive courses are designated for individual instructors. For courses with multiple sections, some instructors may wish to have their sections designated as Writing Intensive, while others may not. Instructors of courses with multiple sections who wish to have their courses designated as Writing Intensive will need to submit their applications individually.