One of Smith’s strengths is its open curriculum, where students are agents of their curricular experience. Because writing is so central to intellectual growth and accomplishment, the college does require the completion of a Writing Intensive (WI) course during either your first or second semester. For more information on the purpose of this requirement, and on what to expect from your WI course, see the Writing Intensive Requirement.
Writing Intensive (WI) courses embrace the responsibility to prepare students for the writing tasks they will encounter as their intellectual careers at Smith unfold. Accordingly, first-year students in WI courses learn how to ask questions; to observe closely; to interrogate assumptions; to gather, analyze and present evidence; and to make careful, evidence-based arguments through writing. They hone these skills by engaging in a process of drafting and revising facilitated by timely, discriminating feedback from peers and instructors.