Horticultural Science, in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), employs a 20–25 member faculty; undergraduates choose from two interdisciplinary majors: Plant Science or Food Systems. Horticulture's strong focus on public outreach and education makes a balanced approach to writing for lay audiences and writing for academic audiences particularly important.
Curricular mapping discussions revealed that none of the writing intensive (WI) courses were part of the major's required core. As a result of these discussions, the faculty designated a core course (Hort 3005W: Environmental Effects on Horticultural Crops) as WI, ensuring that students will get an early and uniform exposure to the writing abilities from the department's Writing Plan. Horticulture faculty are now offering a revised, writing-intensive version of their popular internship course (Hort 4096W: Professional Experience Program: Internship). This two-credit course gives students opportunities to enhance their experiential learning with focused writing assignments—and allows them to ground their writing experiences in the professional work of their internship. The central writing goal of the internship is to produce a professional document for lay audiences suited to the student's internship site that can be included in the student's professional portfolio. Follow this link to see a website that one student built as part of his internship.