All students entering Rice must complete the Composition Exam before July 1, 2014. The exam establishes if students must complete FWIS 100, Fundamentals of Academic Writing and Communication, before registering for the FWIS seminar that satisfies the graduation requirement. FWIS 100 cannot be used to meet the graduation requirement.
Students who score poorly on the exam will be required to enroll in FWIS 100 during the fall and a FWIS that meets the graduation requirement during the spring of their first year at Rice. FWIS 100 provides an intensive review of writing, reading, and critical thinking to prepare students needing more preparation before enrolling in a FWIS in the spring.
FWIS courses that meet the graduation requirement are content-based, 3-credit hour seminars open only to first-year students that can be taught in any department and focus on any topic, and in which writing and communication pedagogy plays a significant role in assignments and grading. “Writing-intensive” typically means that there are writing assignments throughout the semester, that students are asked to revise some of these assignments, that there is discussion of the writing assignments in class, and that students are given a chance to discuss their writing privately with the instructor. FWIS seminars will also include an oral presentation component.