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University Writing Programs

Mission Statement

The goal of the University Writing Programs is to assist faculty and students at Pacific in the improvement of student writing within their majors and individual disciplines. We encourage active, engaged learning through writing-intensive courses that use innovative teaching methods in writing instruction and through tutorial support from the Student Writing Center.  We support all levels of writing in the various undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

University Writing is comprised of three distinct but connected programs:

Developmental Writing & University Writing Requirements

The Developmental Writing Program consists of a series of courses that fulfill the "pre-college" writing requirement. These courses are calibrated for students new to the university and are intended to provide instruction in the writing skills required for success as a college-level writer. For more information and a list of courses, click here.

Student Writing Center - Located on the 2nd floor of the Library

The Student Writing Center is a free tutoring service for all Pacific students in all programs. We can assist with any kind of writing project at any stage of the process. Our Center is staffed with highly-trained, knowledgeable undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally we offer a number of TEACHING RESOURCES for writing instruction, available in hard copy at the Center or electronically. For more information, click here.

Writing in the Disciplines

The University of the Pacific boasts that upon graduation, our students will be well-prepared to enter the workforce and to continue their graduate studies. Among the many reasons for this are small class sizes, practical experiences, and dedicated faculty - each of which contributes to deep student learning. Strong writing instruction is the core around which this learning is built. For more information, click here.

Contact Us

Melanie Hash

Manager  |  Student Writing Center

Contact Melanie for questions related to the Writing Center, to schedule an appointment in the Writing Center, to schedule a classroom presentation, or to schedule a peer review session in the Writing Center.

Molly Rentscher
Graduate Writing Support Coordinator


Contact Molly to learn more about the Graduate Writing Center at Pacific's Sacramento campus, schedule an appointment for graduate-level writing support, discuss graduate-level writing resources, or to learn more about graduate-level writing workshops and schedule a classroom presentation​.

Janice Putman-Gonzales
Manager  |  General Academic Tutoring Center

Contact Janice for questions related to writing course placement.