First-Year Writing Program

First-Year Writing Program

Welcome to the First-Year Writing Program

The Writing Arts Department's First-Year Writing Program is home to the general-education required composition courses. The program provides the foundation students need to become rhetorically adept writers who can respond to a variety of academic, personal, or professional writing situations. Students develop writing skills through critical reading and thinking and by analyzing and communicating complex ideas. The First-Year Writing program also emphasizes the synthesis of research skills, information literacy, critical rhetorical awareness, and creative insights that students need to be effective and powerful communicators.

The best current practices in the composition discipline guide the program. In 2004, the program, along with the Writing Arts department, received the prestigious Conference on College Composition and Communication award--a national award. The curriculum centers on five core values based on learning outcomes established for first-year composition by the national Council of Writing Program Administrators. All courses are portfolio-based, which emphasizes the development of student writing through ongoing revision. Portfolios allow students to collect and present representative samples of their writing from across the semester to demonstrate their growth as writers.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Dr. Amy Woodworth (, 856-256-4313

Secretary: Stephanie Heiser (, 856-256-4096

Secretary: Dawn Schulde (, 856-256-4345

Program/Department Office Location: Victoria Hall, 4th floor, 260 Victoria Street, Glassboro, NJ, 08028

Core Values

Examine the five core values that create the base of all First-Year Writing Program courses.

Courses and Placement

Explore information on the four courses offered under the First-Year Writing Program and discover how the program places students into the courses. 

The Writing Center

Access the Writing Center, a group of experienced, friendly, and passionate tutors who want students to succeed throughout their academic career.

Program Leaders

Link to the program coordinators who help the First-Year Writing Program thrive.

Instructor Support Web Site

Access the password-protected web site for Rowan's First-Year Writing Instructors.