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Support for FYWR/ULWR Courses

Support for FYWR Courses

The goal of the First-Year Writing Requirement is to prepare students to write in diverse academic contexts. As a broad preparation for the range of writing tasks students will encounter at the University of Michigan and beyond, FYWR courses emphasize evidenced, academic writing in a variety of genres and rhetorical situations. This course is foundational for students to master the kind of analysis and argumentation found in sophisticated academic writing.

The Sweetland Center for Writing approves the departmental curricular offerings that satisfy the LSA First-Year Writing Requirement (FYWR). FYWR courses must be reapproved every five years.

Please consult the material below and contact Theresa Tinkle ( if you would like additional support with your First-Year Writing Requirement course.

Support for ULWR Courses

The Sweetland Center for Writing approves the departmental curricular offerings that satisfy the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR). The Upper-Level Writing Requirement, which may be completed in the major, must be fulfilled by all students in LSA in order to graduate. The ULWR builds upon the skills and strategies developed in first-year writing courses by providing upper-division students with a significant writing experience that refines their ability to write effectively both within and beyond specific disciplines. ULWR courses foreground attention to the writing process, with structured opportunities for feedback and revision. These courses are taught in all departments and programs in LSA, and assignments reflect the range of writing activities and forms typical of academic and professional contexts.

The Sweetland Center for Writing supports the ULWR by...

  • establishing course guidelines and developing models for writing instruction
  • approving ULWR-designated courses;
  • funding and training GSIs to assist in writing instruction;
  • offering consultation for faculty designing or revising a ULWR course

To propose or renew a ULWR course...

Review the ULWR Sample Proposal and Syllabi provided below. There are a few examples from different disciplines.

Review the ULWR Course Guidelines (.pdf) and the ULWR Proposal Planning Sheet (.pdf)

Download and complete the ULWR Course Proposal Form (.docx).

If you're teaching a large class and need GSI support from the Sweetland Center for Writing, download and complete the GSI Support Request Form (.doc).

To engage in advance with the training your GSIs receive, visit the Writing 993: Teaching Writing in the Disciplines course website.

Submit the completed forms along with an updated course syllabus to 

Approved proposals are considered current for 5 years or until there is a new instructor or a change in the curriculum; after that, the course proposal must be renewed. Please note: all ULWR courses must be offered for a minimum of 3 credits and have a course number of 300 or higher.

ULWR Course Proposal Workshop | Wednesday, February 9, from 10-11pm via Zoom.  
A hands-on workshop where instructors can receive feedback on draft ULWR course proposals, learn about ULWR resources and support, and explore best practices for teaching disciplinary writing. Instructors interested in attending should email to sign up in advance.


Friday, January 28th, 2022  =  Course offerings from departments due for Fall 2022.

Please send them via email to

For support designing or rethinking a ULWR course...

See our Teaching Resources page for help with some of the elements required for ULWR courses, including materials on Sequencing and Scaffolding Assignments, Giving Feedback on Student Writing, Using Peer Review to Improve Student Writing, and Integrating Low-Stakes Writing Into Large Classes, among many other topics.

We can also help design a course, create assignments for an existing course, or adapt a current course to meet the ULWR criteria. To schedule a consultation with the Sweetland Center for Writing, please send an email to