Support for ULWR Courses

The Sweetland Center for Writing approves the departmental curricular offerings that satisfy the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR). The Upper-Level Writing Requirement, which may be completed in the major, must be fulfilled by all students in LSA in order to graduate. The ULWR builds upon the skills and strategies developed in first-year writing courses by providing upper-division students with a significant writing experience that refines their ability to write effectively both within and beyond specific disciplines. ULWR courses foreground attention to the writing process, with structured opportunities for feedback and revision. These courses are taught in all departments and programs in LSA, and assignments reflect the range of writing activities and forms typical of academic and professional contexts.

The Sweetland Center for Writing supports the ULWR by...

  • establishing course guidelines and developing models for writing instruction
  • approving ULWR-designated courses;
  • funding and training GSIs to assist in writing instruction;
  • offering consultation for faculty designing or revising a ULWR course

To propose or renew a ULWR course...

  • Review the ULWR Course Guidelines (.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 to six weeks after filing your proposal, you will be notified by email whether your proposal was approved.
    • Approved proposals are considered current for 5 years or until there is a new instructor or a change in the curriculum; 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 are designed to be taken at the same time as a ULWR course; they do not themselves fulfill the Upper Level Writing Requirement.

For support designing or rethinking a ULWR course...

See our Teaching Resources page for help with some of the elements required for ULWR courses, including materials on Effective Assignment Sequencing for Scaffolding Learning, Giving Feedback on Student Writing, Using Peer Review to Improve Student Writing, and Integrating Low-Stakes Writing Into Large Classes, among many other topics.

We can also 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