Communication Across the Curriculum—Original 2013 proposal

C courses are upper-division courses which use communication to either help with learning course material and/or learning to communicate as a member of a discipline. C courses cannot be lower division.

Q. What about that C attribute? Doesn’t that mean that students will no longer get to refine their writing and oral communication skills in their major?

A. Not at all. The C attribute modernizes the existing Os and Ws. It recognizes that communication happens in a variety of forms including written and oral varieties. The C provides more curricular space for upper-division faculty to use active learning techniques in their design of assignments that help undergraduates develop into effective communicators of their discipline, without the narrower focus of “W’ or “O’ requirements.

 Q. What is the “Communication’ course supposed to do?

A. The Communication course would leave up to faculty to decide how they wish to emphasize their discipline’s communication methods. Some faculty may choose to address oral, written, and visual components in a single assignment; however, other faculty may emphasize one or two of these. The requirement does not dictate that all communication varieties must be taught in the course.

NOTE: The description of the C attribute is undergoing a revision through a faculty learning community. This group of teachers, advisors, and administrators are taking up the idea of “communicating across the curriculum.’ Because of this inquiry process, specifics here will change.


Definition:Communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing or speech. Communication involves learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images. Communication abilities develop through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

Relevant UAF Faculty Senate Approved Learning Outcome:    Learning Outcome 4

Learning/Instructional objectives:

  • Students will be able to revise written work in response to instructor and peer feedback.
  • Students will be able to write effectively for diverse audiences.
  • Students will be able to recognize and navigate the concepts, genres, and conventions of the course discipline.
  • Students will be able to select appropriate writing technologies to collaborate in personal, professional and civic relationships.
  • Students will be able to listen effectively and respond effectively to communication practices in the course.

Minimum criteria for course approval:

  • Explicitly address at least three of the objectives listed above
  • Have at least 50% of the graded course material based student papers, student presentations, and/or student multimodal projects.
  • Provide guided and prompt feedback and opportunities for student revision on student projects, presentations, and papers.
  • In addition to written and spoken communication, address other forms of communication in the course discipline, such as reading and listening and multimodal, digital, or visual communication.
  • Address and practice accurate and ethical referencing/citation practices of source material as it pertains to source authority, academic honesty, and personal credibility.


One Reply to “Communication Across the Curriculum—Original 2013 proposal”

  1. Hi, Leah,

    So, I’m wondering if you like this–we create a few questions for each of these new attribute style things.