Writing Across the Curriculum looks at writing in different disciplines from the twin perspectives of writing to learn and writing to communicate.
- "Writing to learn" is writing to oneself to discover, organize, understand, and learn some subject matter, and is usually short in length and unpolished. Thus, a variety of writing assignments, not just essays, can serve this purpose.
- "Writing to communicate" is writing to an audience to communicate one's understanding of some subject, thus typically taking on the form of a finished product.
For brief introductions to and examples on this topic, see:
- What is writing to learn? (The WAC Clearninghouse)
- Thinking Writing: News from the Writing in the Disciplines Initiative
- Examples of Writing to Learn Activities (The WAC Clearninghouse)
For how professors in different disciplines use and evaluate writing in their courses, see
- Examples from the Disciplines (U of Hawai'i at Manoa Writing Program)
- Department-by-Department Reference Guide (Marquette University)