Communicating effectively as a scientist or engineer–to colleagues, managers, potential funders, and the public–requires conceptual knowledge about how to explain complex and specialized information and how to persuade an audience in many different fields, social contexts, and media. In addition to technical knowledge, scientists and engineers need to know how to analyze audiences and attend to differences in discourse conventions, how to analyze and produce specialized genres and forms of argumentation, and how to compose, evaluate, and integrate oral, written, visual, and digital modes of communication. The Writing Across the Curriculum Program researches these concepts and practices, and teaches discipline-specific genres of written, oral, and visual communication to over 4000 students a year in more than 100 communication-intensive subjects.
Read more about the history of WAC at MIT.
Instructors: Please visit our Teaching Resources page for more information on collaborating with WAC lecturers and integrating communications instruction into your CI subject.