Welcome to Rice's Program in Writing and Communication

FIRST-YEAR WRITING-INTENSIVE SEMINAR
(FWIS)

Rice's innovative, content-based writing and communication course for undergraduates

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CENTER FOR WRITTEN, ORAL, AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION
(CWOVC)

Campus hub for individual student appointments, student communication workshops, and partnerships with faculty

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
(ESL)

Academic communication workshops, for-credit courses, and one-on-one coaching for non-native English speakers

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COMMUNICATION-IN-THE-DISCIPLINES
(CID)

Partnerships with faculty to promote students’ advanced mastery of disciplinary communication skills and scholarly expertise

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The Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication is the most helpful place on campus in my academic development, besides my department.
— Sherry Kao, Graduate Student, Philosophy
This FWIS 100 experience made a huge impact on my college writing capabilities, and it has properly prepared me for my future philosophy and social science essays.
— Ben Singh, Sid Rich '18
In developing a new Biochemistry & Cell Biology (BIOC) course for advanced freshmen, I wanted to introduce writing into the course structure and consulted the Center for Written, Oral and Visual Communication. This partnership has persisted over the past three years and, in the process, I’ve developed new ideas about what works for freshmen writing in biochemistry.
— Kathy Matthews, Stewart Memorial Professor, Biochemistry & Cell Biology