What is WCR?

The Washington College Review is a liberal arts journal that seeks to recognize the best of undergraduate student writing from all disciplines of the College and to publish work deserving of wider availability to readers in the college community and beyond.

This year, WCR will be re-launched at the end of the Spring 2017 semester as a digital magazine featuring exemplary student writing that emerges from our writing courses across the curriculum, from First Year Seminars through the Senior Capstone Experience. The contents of WCR will focus on the four requirements of the College’s writing program:

Critical Inquiry. W1: Writing from GRW/First Year Seminar (this could include multi-media projects).

Rhetorical Questions. W2: Writing from the variety of W2 courses.

 Writing Across the Disciplines. W3: Work from Discipline-Based approaches to Writing in the Majors.

 Capstone Experiences. W4: Writing from Senior Capstone Projects.

This means that no matter what year or what discipline you are studying in, we want to read your work. From sciences to literature studies, this journal seeks to highlight successful academic endeavors from all Washington College’s students. This also includes works of visual art that we look forward to consider for publication in this years issue.



More information about the Writing Program of Washington college is below:

W1. Critical Inquiry

The W1 introduces all students to the essential thinking activities of liberal arts education, including inquiry, critical thinking, discussion, writing, and argument. While mentoring students in specific strategies and skills that inform effective writing at the college level, the W1 introduces students to the integration of writing with learning and thinking that is valued across the disciplines and prominent in the academic culture of Washington College. In aligning the First Year Program’s focus on inquiry with an introduction to the writing program learning goals, the W1 gives particular emphasis to Critical Thinking: the ability to raise questions and identify problems related to particular subjects or situations and to make thoughtful decisions based on that analysis, through writing, reading, and research.


W2 courses continue the development of rhetorical knowledge and critical thinking introduced in W1, while providing additional time and attention to the practice of all aspects of writing processes. While the content of W2 courses will vary depending on the departments in which they are offered, in all W2 courses students engage in the crucial aspects of writing processes that inform effective scholarship, including generating, composing, responding, revising, and editing.


The W3 requirement advances the larger program goals of persuasive analysis, flexible thinking, responsible inquiry, and effective expression into each department and major, focusing attention on the methods and modes of writing and critical thinking specific to a discipline or major field of study. The W3 requirement helps students to build on the knowledge and skills learned in W1 and W2 and to transition to the culminating W4 Senior Capstone Experience. While continuing to work on all four elements of writing, the W3 advances student writing by developing the rhetorical knowledge and experience needed to write for audiences and purposes specific to disciplinary contexts.


W4 is the capstone of the writing experience at Washington College. All seniors complete discipline- specific writing as part of their Senior Capstone Experience, demonstrating at an advanced level the elements of critical thinking, writing processes, rhetorical knowledge, and knowledge of conventions that they have been developing in their previous writing experiences. In completing the SCE, students culminate their studies within a major and make public to the department and to the College the advanced levels of thinking, inquiry, and expression they have achieved.