Write Effectively within One’s Discipline (WRTD)

Every profession in the twenty-first century requires clear, thoughtful, organized, and correct writing. We don’t know any subject well until we can write clearly about it. Therefore, we expect all Stony Brook graduates to be able to write effectively in their chosen fields.

Learning Outcomes for “Write Effectively within One’s Discipline"
1. Collect the most pertinent evidence, draw appropriate disciplinary inferences, organize effectively for one's intended audience, and write in a confident voice using correct grammar and punctuation.

Standards for “Write Effectively within One’s Discipline”
1. Produce written work congruent with the standards of one’s discipline
2. Complete one certified course that reinforces writing skills in the major discipline OR submit a portfolio of at least 15 pages of written work in the discipline, as determined by the department and certification committee.
3. Although most programs will stipulate that the learning outcome will be completed in English, some programs could demonstrate that the requirement could be completed in an alternative language.

As of December 2013, the courses below have been certified as meeting the learning objectives and standards for the WRTD category.

  • BUS 447 Business Ethics (also certified as CER and SPK)
  • CHE 304 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory (also certified as TECH)
  • CHE 384 Intermediate Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques (also certified as TECH)
  • CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication (also certified as SPK)
  • FRN 312 Composition (also certified as HFA+)
  • FRN 412 Stylistics (also certified as HFA+)
  • GER 311 German Conversation and Composition (also certified as SPK and ESI)
  • GER 312 German Conversation and Composition (also certified as SPK and HFA+)
  • HNI 350 Professional Role Development in Nursing
  • ITL 411 Advanced Conversation and Composition
  • ITL 412 Advanced Conversation and Syntax
  • JRN 490 Senior Project
  • PHI 397 Write Effectively in Philosophy
  • PSY 310 Research and Writing in Psychology (also certified as SBS+ and WRTD)
  • PSY 382 Research Lab: Social Psychology (also certified as ESI)
  • PSY 383 Behavioral Ecology Laboratory (also certified as ESI)
  • PSY 384 Research Lab: Human Factors (also certified as ESI)
  • PSY 399 Junior Honors Seminar (also certified as ESI)
  • PSY 495 Senior Honors Seminar (also certified as ESI)
  • PSY 496 Senior Honors Seminar (also certified as ESI)
  • SBC 203 Interpretation and Critical Analysis (also certified as HUM and HFA+)
  • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature (also certified as HFA+)
  • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media (also certified as HFA+)
  • SBC 330 Extreme Events in Literature (also certified as HFA+)






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