Mission Statement - The University’s lower-division writing requirement insures that students develop the rhetorical skills necessary for success in the writing assignments intrinsic in college courses. This requirement may be satisfied with Writing 2010 or ESL 1060 (for students who speak English as a second language) when completed with C- or better.
Students whose native language is not English fulfill the writing requirement through the ESL 1040, 1050, 1060 sequence offered by the Linguistics Program.
A student whose Advanced Placement (AP) level in English is 4 or 5 is exempt from this requirement. Also exempt are transfer students who have met comparable lower-division writing requirements at other colleges or universities. An Associate Degree from a two-year college is satisfactory evidence of having satisfied the lower-division writing requirement.
Some courses that satisfy General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirements may be cross listed, which means that they are the same course, but offered by two or more departments. For example PHIL 2510 is cross listed with BIOL 2510. For all intents and purposes these are considered the same course. If a student took PHIL 2510, and later took BIOL 2510, for graduation purposes, this would be considered repeating the same course: no further graduation requirements would be satisfied, and only the second grade would be recorded on the student’s record.
New Freshmen students will be placed in Writing 1010 or 2010 depending on their admissions index. For students placed in Writing 1010, satisfactory completion (C- or better) is required for enrollment in Writing 2010. Students without admissions index (or who want to appeal their placement) and those taking ESL will be able to complete a writing placement essay administered by the University Writing Program.