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Registration in Basic & College Writing
After finding out class placement in Basic or College Writing, students must register for a section on SPIRE.
Basic Writing (Englwrit 111) is open to all first-year students and fulfills the US Diversity requirement. Students may decide to register for Basic Writing without taking the placement test if they feel they need more experience in composition before they take College Writing.
Registration on SPIRE for Basic Writing is limited to first-year students to assure adequate spaces for new students. Second year students who are required to take Basic writing must contact the Writing Program for registration. Students are advised to select an open section before calling the Writing Program in order to facilitate the registration process.
College Writing (Englwrit 112) is open to all students who have taken the placement test and placed into this level. Each semester the Writing Program offers approximately 85 sections of College Writing. In order to assure a smooth process, it may be helpful to be aware of some registration facts:
RAP/TAP sections. Many sections of College Writing are designated as RAP/TAP sections. Only members of the RAP/TAP may register in these sections. However, RAP/TAP sections which do not fill will be opened to non-RAP students close to the beginning of the semester. Students are advised to keep checking SPIRE for this information.
Honors Sections. The Writing Program offers 10-12 sections of 112H every semester. Initially, only Commonwealth College students may register in these sections. However, Honors sections which do not fill will be opened to all students close to the beginning of the semester. Students are advised to keep checking SPIRE for this information.
Students may only register for Basic and College Writing through SPIRE, and students must be registered for a class before they attend. The instructor cannot register a student for a class, and the Writing Program does not allow Basic or College Writing classes to overload sections.
For further information, contact Deirdre Vinyard, Placement Officer and Deputy Director of the Writing Program.