Support for ULWR Courses

The Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR) provides writing-centered courses in students' chosen concentrations that incorporate writing as a catalyst for understanding, research, dialogue, analysis, and expression.

In regards to the ULWR, the Sweetland Center for Writing...

  • establishes course guidelines and develops models for writing instruction
  • approves ULWR-designated courses;
  • funds and trains GSIs to assist in writing instruction;
  • offers consultation for faculty designing or revising a ULWR course

To propose or renew a ULWR course...

  • Review the ULWR Course Guidelines (.pdf), the ULWR Rubric (.pdf), and the ULWR Proposal Planning Sheet (.pdf).
  • Download and complete the ULWR Course Proposal Form (.doc).
  • To request GSI support from the Sweetland Center for Writing, download and complete the GSI Support Request Form (.doc).
  • Submit the completed forms along with an updated course syllabus to
  • Four-six weeks after filing your proposal, you will receive an email notifying you of whether your proposal was approved.
  • Approved proposals are considered current for 5 years; after that, the course proposal must be renewed.
  • Please note: all ULWR courses must be offered for a minimum of 3 credits and have a course number of 300 or higher.

ULWR Student Support

For additional ULWR support for students Sweetland offers the following courses:

Writing 240: Academic Communication for Multilingual Students
Writing 340: Advanced Writing for Multilingual Students: Vocabulary & Grammar in Context
Writing 350: Excelling in Upper-Level Writing

Note: These courses do not fulfill the ULWR.

For support designing or rethinking a ULWR course...

We can help design a course, create assignments for an existing course, or adapt a current course to meet the ULWR criteria. To schedule a consultation with the Sweetland Center for Writing, please send an email to

Sample Syllabi

Sarah Aciego - Assistant Professor - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences - Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences

Mika LaVaque-Manty - Arthur F. Thurnau Professor - Associate Professor of Political Science - Director of Undergraduate Studies - Department of Political Science

Robin Queen - Arthur F. Thurnau Professor - Associate Professor of Linguistics, English Language and Literatures and Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Laura J. Olsen, Ph.D. - Arthur F. Thurnau Professor - Director of the Program in Biology - Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology - Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Megan Sweeney, Ph.D.- Associate Professor - Department of English Language and Literature, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Department of Women’s Studies - Faculty Affiliate: Joint Program in English and Education - Faculty Associate: American Culture