Before graduating, all UH-West Oʻahu students are required to take at least 9 credits of upper-division writing intensive (WI) courses. A minimum of two WI courses must come from classes outside your capstone course. Writing Intensive courses integrate writing into most aspects of the curriculum: you use writing as a tool for critical thinking. WI courses emphasize a range of writing forms and tasks, like summary/response papers, arguments, formal reports, and analytical essays. WI classes help you improve your skills as you advance in your major, including outlining, revising, and learning effective peer review techniques.
You can take English 200 concurrently with a WI class.
A WI class requires a minimum of 16 pages of graded writing (it could be divided into several assignments). Class writing consists of formal academic essays or research papers which include a clear theme, thesis, or hypothesis supported by evidence. The final draft should demonstrate proficiency in argument, organization, and grammatical/mechanical skills. At least one paper is written in drafts, with emphasis on revision. Classes require interaction with your instructor and peers, and we highly suggest scheduling The No‘eau Center for Writing, Math and Academic Success tutorial sessions.