Texas Tech University

The Writing Intensive to Communication Literacy Transition

TTU's transition from the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement to the Communication Literacy (CL) requirement signals the university's awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student's discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program.

With this in mind, academic programs can use these four questions to initiate and promote thoughtful and creative conversations about how communication skills are identified and developed throughout their curricula:

  1. What types of communication skills do our graduates need?
  2. How can our graduates become more proficient in their communication skills?
  3. In which courses are our students receiving the instruction they need to build their skills? To improve their proficiencies? At what point in the program do students enroll in these courses?
  4. What should these courses require/include? Please consider these as starting points for discussion. Your program may identify alternative or additional requirements for course content in your CL courses.
    1. Work that focuses on the role of audience and message reception in communication
    2. Work in identifying the purpose of and context for the communication 
    3. Demonstrated use of skill as required for discipline
    4. Application of feedback to communication strategies

Each academic program housing a major will be asked to identify the courses that constitute its Communication Literacy (CL) plan.

The institutional, undergraduate graduation requirement will move from a requirement that students complete six hours of Writing Intensive coursework to a requirement that students complete the Communication Literacy plan in their majors.

Students who are pursuing more than one major will be required to complete the CL plan in each distinct major. Students who are pursuing interdisciplinary programs will be required to complete the CL plan for interdisciplinary studies.