Writing-Intensive Courses

The faculty expects all students to become effective writers. To this end, students are given opportunities to improve their writing throughout their curriculum.

First-Year Writing Requirement

All first-year students must satisfy a first-year writing requirement in one of the following ways:

ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 1110
and ENGW 1111
Introductory First-Year Writing
and First-Year Writing
8
ENGW 1102First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers4
ENGW 1101
and ENGW 1102
Introductory Writing—SOL (Speakers of Other Languages)
and First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
8

Depending on performance in Introductory First-Year Writing (ENGW 1110) or Introductory Writing—SOL (Speakers of Other Languages) (ENGW 1101), the second half of the two-course sequence may be waived, as determined by the Department of English. Students must earn a C or better in the required writing course to satisfy the first-year writing requirement.

The First-Year Writing Program conducts a version of “guided self-placement” and requires students bring an essay to the first class meeting; see the course placement web page for details.

For more information about the Writing Program, visit the Writing Program web page.

Note: Introductory Writing—SOL (Speakers of Other Languages) (ENGW 1101) and Introductory First-Year Writing (ENGW 1110) are not credited toward graduation in the College of Engineering.

Advanced Writing Requirement

Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD) is the second course of the university-wide requirement. Students are eligible to enroll in AWD once they satisfy the first-year requirement, earn a minimum of 64 semester hours of academic credit (this number includes the semester in which students enroll in AWD), and have at least junior or senior standing. Students are encouraged to take AWD before they have accrued 96 semester hours. A variety of AWD sections are offered, including Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions, Advanced Writing in the Sciences, and Advanced Writing in the Health Professions, among others. A small number of online sections and sections for non-native speakers of English are also offered. Students should consult with their advisors to choose the section that best suits their needs. Transfer credit cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Students must earn a C or better to satisfy the advanced writing requirement.

For more information about the Writing Program, visit the Writing Program web page

Writing-Intensive Courses in the Major

Each major includes at least two additional writing-intensive courses. These courses are characterized by frequent and regular writing, assessment and revision of student work, and the opportunity for students to improve their work.