Writing Across the Curriculum is founded on the principle that students learn by writing—they learn to write by engaging in a variety of academic writing activities, and they learn subject matter by writing about it. WAC is a practical pedagogy, rich in methods teachers can use to design effective assignments, perform efficient assessment, provide useful feedback to student writers, and utilize writing to engage course material. WAC is prescriptive but not restrictive. Faculty can adopt or adapt whatever means or insight they find in extensive literature on WAC and its best practices that is appropriate and advantageous to learning in the discipline or the lesson at hand. You do not have to be an expert on writing or on WAC to apply its methods and benefit from its application.

The Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Hunter includes:

  • Consultation on writing pedagogy provided by experts in the field;
  • The CUNY Writing Fellows Program, a collaboration between Fellows from the CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter faculty in the effort to address issues of writing in the disciplines;
  • The services of the Reading/Writing Center, which has offered tutoring in academic writing, across the curriculum, to students and consultation with faculty on student writing since 1976.

Every writing-to-learn activity demonstrates and delivers the central message of Writing Across the Curriculum: when you write about a subject, you learn about it. If you are interested in learning more about Writing Across the Curriculum and the services furnished by the Hunter WAC Program, please contact

Dennis Paoli
ext. 4014
Prof. Trudy Smoke
ext. 5742