The Writing Program offers the following set of resources to help you build your own syllabus, rather than a single syllabus template for each level. We have broken the syllabus down into three parts, so that it is clearer which parts of our syllabi are common to all courses in the Writing Program and which parts are specific to a given course or level. We have also tried to make it easier for you to revise a syllabus to shift from MWF to TR schedules. Since much of our boilerplate policy language has been revised over the past two years—with new language about grading, the Writing Center, pronouns, portfolios, and more—we encourage even long-time instructors to build their syllabus for this semester using the links below. In each linked document, highlighting marks places where you should customize language for your particular section, and unhighlighted text marks common language across sections. Please note that WR 111 and WR 112 syllabi have changed: these classes are now Pass/Fail courses. 

Curriculum Coordinators will be available as of July 5 for individual consults (by email or Zoom) as you are working on your syllabi. Please reach out to them with questions. This year’s Curriculum Coordinators also prepared this helpful checklist, which you can use while reviewing your syllabus before submitting it. 

Syllabus Part 1: Course-specific front matter (course description and learning outcomes)

Use this link to submit your syllabi for Fall 2023. Curriculum Coordinators will be in touch with feedback on drafts. Note that everyone should submit final syllabi, even if there are few or no changes since you submitted draft versions, and even for courses you have taught multiple times before. Also: Have you reviewed this helpful checklist before submitting your syllabus?

            Draft syllabi due 8/15/23
            (new levels/topics only).

            Final syllabi due 9/8/23
             (all instructors, all levels).

Customize this first section of your syllabus for your own contact information and topic.

Syllabus Part 2: Common program-wide front matter (policies and resources for students)

All instructors should use this language for the middle section of their syllabi. 

Syllabus Part 3: Weekly calendar (schedule of readings and assignments)

Construct the final section of your syllabus by combining the important semester dates (note holidays, substitute Monday schedules, drop deadlines, etc.) with our guides for suggested weekly progressions. 

Additional Resources for Syllabi Planning

New to teaching WR 111/112? Start here.
New to teaching WR 120/15x? Start here.
WR 151 TipsWR 152 TipsWR 153 Tips