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Writing Program

Writing Program | Courses

Director: David Fleming. Deputy Director: Deirdre Vinyard; Junior Year Director: Stephen Olbrys Gencarella. Assistant Directors: Peggy Woods, Patricia Zukowski.

The University Writing Program, an aspect of the English Department, operates under the aegis of the University Writing Committee, appointed by the Faculty Senate. The program’s primary function is to help students acquire the writing skills they will need to cope with the writing tasks they will perform in their academic work, in their lives, and in their careers.

To this end the Writing Program offers a First Year Writing Program, which includes courses titled Basic Writing (ENGLWRIT 111) and College Writing (ENGLWRIT 112). Entering students take a placement examination which places them in Basic or College Writing or exempts them, without academic credit, from the First Year Writing requirement. College Writing is the only university course that satisfies the First Year Writing requirement. The Writing Program placement exam is given during summer and transfer counseling periods.

All first-year students entering the university are expected to fulfill the Writing requirement during their first year. Those who do not may be required to take equivalent courses through the Division of Continuing and Professional Education or at another approved institution at their own expense. Transfer students who enter the university are expected to fulfill the First Year Writing requirement during their first semester, so that they may then fulfill their Junior Year Writing requirement in timely fashion.

The university offers a Junior Year Writing Program that is part of the student’s major. Students will normally complete this departmental program during their junior year, in conjunction with the academic work that leads to the completion of the major.

Students are exempt, with credit, from the First Year Writing requirement if they received a total of 1460 or more on the SAT Verbal Aptitude and the SAT Writing Subject Test, or if they received a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Test, or if they received a 63 or above on the English composition with essay CLEP. (This is the only CLEP that counts towards exemption.) If they received a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Test they are not exempted from the First Year Writing requirement but will receive three English credits.

For information about any matters relating to the Writing Program, its courses and policies, please stop by the Writing Program Office in Room 305, Bartlett, or call (413) 545-0610.


Writing Program | Courses