Writing Programs at Leeward Community
for Writing-Intensive and Writing Across the
ProgramsAt Leeward CC, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and
Writing-Intensive (WI) programs are closely linked. Both programs are
by the Leeward CC Writing-Intensive Focus Board, the body which
reviews, approves, and administers Writing Intensive courses and also
WAC by sponsoring faculty workshops and serving as a faculty resource
Writing Across The Curriculum (WAC)
and Writing-Intensive (WI):
What's the difference?
Here at Leeward and throughout the
University of Hawaii system, writing has become an important part of the
Writing Across the Curriculum, or
WAC, is an instructional approach that refers to the use of writing
as a tool for learning in any subject area. Instructors at
Leeward assign writing in fields as diverse as Accounting, History, Biology
and Food Service. The types of writing tasks students do are equally
varied, ranging from major research projects, chapter summaries, and essay
exams to lab reports, journals, and "one-minute papers" at the end of a
- Writing-Intensive (WI) courses are small classes
which use writing as a primary tool for learning.
Leeward students in the Associate in Arts program need two WI courses to
get their degree, although many choose to take more. B.A.
and B.S. degrees at UH-Mānoa require five WI courses. WI courses
are marked with a W in the course schedule (e.g., History 281W) and enroll
a maximum of 20 students. Courses receiving WI designation must meet
a number of specific hallmarks.
Recent WI courses offered at Leeward CC include Hawaiian Literature,
International Business Protocol, Introduction to Women's Studies, and Understanding Japanese