Hiram College

Writing Across the Curriculum

The Lindsay-Crane Center helps implement one of the oldest Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) programs in the nation. Begun in the 1970s, WAC serves as a foundation for excellence at Hiram College. Faculty attend Center workshops to learn to better teach writing both in the first-year program and in courses more specific to their own disciplines.

From their first day on campus, Hiram College students are taught that good writing is central to every discipline and profession. Selecting from course topics as varied as “The Art of Making Dough,” “Science vs. Pseudoscience,” or “The Cultural Meaning of Monsters,” first-year students take a First-Year Colloquium in the fall offered by professors from every department of the college. In spring semester, students focus more on research writing in the First-Year Seminar, beginning the process of learning how to write articulately within a discipline. In their remaining years at Hiram, undergraduates write in most all their classes, and most majors culminate with a written project that serves as the capstone for both their major and their writing experience at the College.

Writing Assistants and the Writing Center

A key feature of Hiram’s WAC program are Writing Assistants—undergraduates trained as peer writing tutors in the Writing Center and as peer teaching assistants in the First-Year Seminar program. Writing Assistants provide an essential tutoring resource to the student body at Hiram, but they also find that graduate schools and prospective employers value the mentoring experience and leadership role this position provides.

The Hiram College Writing Center supports the school’s comprehensive commitment to writing. Students in all courses are encouraged to bring essays to the Writing Center at any stage in the writing process for feedback.