The Davidson College faculty believes that a strong liberal arts education requires significant practice in critical thinking, writing, and discussion. Regardless of major or eventual career choice, Davidson College graduates should be able to make sophisticated arguments about complex intellectual issues, and to do so with rhetorical power and clarity. To this end, each first-year student must pass a course that focuses on the techniques for producing effective academic and intellectual writing. The faculty has designated such courses as "WRI 101 courses," so named because of the "WRI 101" that appears on the student transcript. Limited to 16 students, each WRI 101 course provides a seminar setting where students receive guided practice in drafting and revising prose, learn the traditions of academic integrity, and practice robust deliberation about complex issues.
There are two ways to meet the Composition requirement at Davidson: