Writing Program

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Programs Offered

Academic Literacy Curriculum

The Writing Program offers lower-division general education composition courses, upper-division peer tutoring courses, and graduate-level pedagogy courses. In collaboration with the colleges, the Writing Program administers the Academic Literacy Curriculum. The Writing Program also houses the Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing, which honors outstanding first-year writers and recognizes the pedagogical inspirations of their teachers. 

For more information about the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) process please visit  the DSP website.

Lower-Division Courses

The Writing Program's lower-division courses are designed to help students become confident writers, learners, and researchers who communicate effectively in a variety of writing situations and disciplinary fields. These courses teach students how to develop analytical, reflective, and flexible writing practices to meet the expectations of academic, professional, and civic audiences. 

Specifically, the program offers courses that satisfy:

  • General Education Composition (C) Requirement
    • WRIT 2, Rhetoric and Inquiry (F, W, S)
      Prerequisite(s): College 1 and satisfaction of the Entry-Level Writing Requirement by accepted standardized test scores or course selection via Directed Self-Placement.
    • WRIT 2H, Rhetoric and Inquiry Honors (W, S)
      Prerequisite(s): College 1 and satisfaction of the Entry-Level Writing Requirement by exam or course selection via Directed Self-Placement. Enrollment is restricted to College Scholars Program or by permission of the instructor.
  • Systemwide Entry-Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)
    • WRIT 1, Introduction to Composition (W, S)
      Prerequisite(s): College 1 and WRIT 26; or College 1 and course selection via Directed Self-Placement
    • WRIT 1E, Introduction to Composition for Multilingual Students (W, S)
      Prerequisite(s): College 1 and WRIT 26; or College 1 and course selection via Directed Self-Placement

Students from previous catalog years may place into WRIT 1 and WRIT 1E based on AWPE scores.

For more information regarding undergraduate campus requirements and course offerings, please visit the Writing Program's website

The Writing Program also offers the Multilingual Curriculum for linguistically diverse students. These courses are designed to strengthen students' use of English for purposeful, authentic, and culturally appropriate communication. These courses prepare students for subsequent writing requirements.

Based on students’ course selection via Directed Self-Placement, multilingual students may place into the following courses, which are taken prior to the ELWR (WRIT 1 or WRIT 1E) and C Requirement (WRIT 2 or WRIT 2H):

  • WRIT 25, Writing about Place (F, W)
    Prerequisite(s): Course selection via Directed Self-Placement
  • WRIT 26, Writing about Language (F, W, S)*
    Prerequisite(s): WRIT 25 or course selection via Directed Self-Placement

Students from catalog years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 may place into WRIT 25 and WRIT 26 based on AWPE-MLS scores. 

*Upon completion of WRIT 26, multilingual students are highly encouraged to take WRIT 1E, which carries the same outcomes as WRIT 1 but is taught by trained faculty with expertise in language acquisition. 

For a full list of Writing Program course descriptions, please visit the courses page on our website

Upper-Division Writing Courses

The Writing Program offers courses for undergraduates interested in serving as peer tutors for lower-division writing students striving to satisfy the Entry-Level Writing Requirement. By exploring theory and research on writing pedagogies, tutors gain insight into composing processes, meeting the academic needs of diverse learners, and providing responsive assistance in one-to-one tutoring settings.

  • WRIT 159: Grammar for Tutors and Teachers (3 credits, S)
    Prerequisite(s): WRIT 169, or by instructor permission
  • WRIT 169: Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing (3 credits, W)
    Prerequisite(s): C requirement and by instructor permission

Graduate-Level Writing Courses

The Writing Program supports graduate education by offering pedagogical training for graduate students from all disciplines in the theory and practice of teaching composition courses, with an emphasis on course and assignment design that foregrounds disability studies and inclusive teaching. This course is designed for students who would like to serve as graduate student instructors in the Writing Program or enhance their own pedagogical development as teaching assistants in other departments.