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English Composition


CONTENTS       Requirement
    University English composition requirement
    Arts and Sciences English composition requirement
    Other colleges
English composition course list
Additional UW courses
Transfer courses
    4-1/2- and 4-credit courses
    Duplicate courses
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
    Advanced Placement test scores
    International Baccalaureate
Grade required
    Pass-fail
    Spring 2001 TA strike
Overlaps and restrictions
Exemptions
    Postbaccalaureate students
    Proficiency tests
Admission deficiency

Requirement

   

University English composition requirement

Freshmen entering the UW autumn 1985 or later (and transfer students entering the UW autumn 1987 or later) are required to complete 5 credits of English composition. All schools and colleges use the University English composition list, below.

Arts and Sciences English composition requirement

Students who start college anywhere in autumn 1985 or later and graduate from the UW College of Arts and Sciences must complete 5 credits of English composition, with a minimum grade of 2.0. (Note that Arts and Sciences does not allow a two-year grace period for transfer students in this instance; also note that Arts and Sciences uses the date the student started college, not the date the student entered the UW.) Students who started college before autumn 1985 are eligible for an earlier "proficiency" requirement, described in Pre-1985 General Education and Basic Skills Requirements. See Determining quarter of entry if the date on which the student started college isn't clear.

Other colleges

Every college follows the University requirement of 5 credits of English composition. Each school or college of the University decides for itself to what extent it will follow the policy of Arts and Sciences in applying requirements to students who began college before 1985.
  
  

English composition course list

    Students in all UW schools and colleges must complete one 5-credit composition course from the list below.

C LIT 240Writing in Comparative Literature
*ENGL 109-110   Introductory Composition
ENGL 111Composition: Literature
ENGL 121Composition: Social Issues
ENGL 131Composition: Exposition
ENGL 197Interdisciplinary Writing/Humanities
ENGL 198Interdisciplinary Writing/Social Science
ENGL 199Interdisciplinary Writing/Natural Science
ENGL 281Intermediate Expository Writing
ENGL 297Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing/Humanities
ENGL 298Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing/Social Science
ENGL 299Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing/Natural Science

There is no exemption test in English composition; the requirement must be satisfied with college coursework.

*ENGL 109-110 (formerly ENGL 104-105) is a 10-credit equivalent of the 5-credit ENGL 131, open only to students in the Educational Opportunity Program. See Guidelines for Advising EOP Students for placement information. A student must complete both courses to receive credit. The sequence counts as only 5 credits toward English composition or the additional writing requirement; the other 5 credits count as elective credit.

  
  

Additional UW courses

    The following UW courses (or their transfer equivalents), although seldom presented for the reasons indicated, may be used to satisfy the English composition requirement. They may also count toward the additional writing requirement. (No course may simultaneously count toward both requirements.) These courses (except UW's T C 231) have already been flagged by DARS, so a DARS exception is not necessary.

B CMU 301Basic Written Business Communications (4)restricted to juniors and above; satisfies the English composition requirement even though it is 4 credits
ENGR 130Introduction to Technical Writing (5)no longer offered
ENGL 106Practical Forms of Writing (5)prerequisite: 105; not currently offered
ENGL 182The Research Papernot currently offered
T C 231(formerly ENGR 231) Introduction to Technical Writing (3)The three-credit UW course by itself does not satisfy the requirement, but a five-credit transfer course (T C 231 plus two credits of T C 1XX or 2XX) is acceptable. Since the prerequisite to T C 231 is a beginning composition course, most students who take T C 231 count it toward the additional writing requirement.
ENGL 381(formerly 379) Advanced Expository Writing (5)not suggested for freshmen; prior completion of 281 recommended
ENGL 382Writing for the Web (5)not suggested for freshmen; prerequisite: ENGL 282
ENGL 471(formerly 441) The Composition Process (5)not suggested for freshmen; prerequisite: permission; this is a course in composition theory and pedogogy for prospective high school teachers
ENGL 481(formerly 421) Special Studies in Expository Writing (5)not suggested for freshmen; prior completion of ENGL 381 strongly recommended
ENGL 492(formerly 494) Advanced Expository Writing Conference (1-5, max. 10)prerequisite: permission
  
  

Transfer courses

    Transfer courses in English composition will usually transfer as a direct equivalent, for example as ENGL 131. An English composition course which is not the direct equivalent of a UW course will transfer as ENGL 1XX and be flagged with a C so DARS will recognize it as a composition course.

Advisers may approve other transfer courses if they are similar to courses on the English composition list and met the composition requirement at the former school. Many colleges have a required freshman or honors "core course" or core sequence that strongly emphasizes writing. Sometimes these transfer as ENGL 1XX, but more often they transfer as UW 1XX or even X credit in another department (e.g., HIST 1XX). If the primary focus of the course was formal writing instruction, it can count toward the English composition requirement. The first 5 quarter credits of such a course or sequence, if used to satisfy the English composition requirement, cannot also count toward Areas of Knowledge.

The adviser should post a "C" on the SRF330 screen on any transfer course approved to count as composition, so the course will be recognized as English composition when a DARS audit is run. (It isn't necessary to post a C on any course that transfers as the direct equivalent of a course on the English composition list above.)

4-1/2- and 4-credit courses

An English composition course that transfers as 4-1/2 credits satisfies the requirement. A 4-credit English composition course from Western Washington University also satisfies the requirement. Any other 4-credit English composition course must be petitioned through the student's college Graduation Committee; these petitions are usually granted. If a 4-credit course is being used to satisfy the requirement, a DARS exception is necessary. The adviser can either submit the exception or send a request to dars@u.washington.edu. (No petition is required in the Business School, nor is a DARS exception necessary.)

Note that some UW colleges, including the College of Engineering, require only 12 credits of writing: 5 credits of English composition, plus 7 credits as specified by the college. Twelve credits is the University minimum. A student who is using WWU's 4-credit composition to satisfy the English composition requirement, or who has successfully petitioned a 4-credit composition course from another college, must still complete 12 credits of writing or must petition the University to graduate with 11 credits of writing.

Duplicate courses

A student who has transfer credit for a particular English composition course and later wishes to take the equivalent course at the UW (or accidentally takes the equivalent course at the UW) can have the transfer course changed to ENGL 1XX so that credit for both courses will count toward graduation. This is also possible with extension-credit courses, including College in the High School, and credit granted for AP test scores. (These will be changed to ENGL 999.) The student should make the request at the English undergraduate advising office.
  
  

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

   

Advanced Placement test scores

Students admitted to the UW in summer 2003 or later will receive English literature credit for AP scores of 4 or 5 instead of English composition credit.

Students admitted to the UW before summer 2003 with scores of 4 or 5 receive credit for ENGL 111. (Students admitted to the UW before autumn 1999 received credit for ENGL 111 for scores of 3, 4, or 5.)

A student with AP credit for ENGL 111 who wants to enroll in UW's ENGL 111 may ask to have the AP credit changed to ENGL 131. If the student also wants or has UW credit for ENGL 131, the AP credit can be changed to ENGL 999. The student should make the request at the English undergraduate advising office.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate scores submitted summer 2003 or later are awarded credit for English literature only, not English composition. The award is posted as ENGL 108, a course number created for just this award. IB English scores submitted summer 2003 or later are not awarded W (intensive writing) credit.

English credit for the International Baccalaureate scores submitted before summer 2003, which shows up as extension course "ENGL 999" on the transcript and on the SRF320 screen, can be counted toward either the English composition requirement, OR toward both VLPA and the additional writing requirement. DARS will automatically count the course as an English composition course. If the student plans to count the course as VLPA and W instead a DARS exception should be made, or send the request to dars@u.washington.edu

A student with an old IB score can request the current award, but this is not recommended since in English the old award is more liberal than the current one.

  
  

Grade required

    In the College of Arts and Sciences, courses taken to satisfy the English composition requirement must be passed with a grade of at least 2.0. Transferred courses must be passed with a grade of at least C.

Pass-fail

As of autumn 1985, courses taken at the UW to fulfill any graduation requirement, including English composition, cannot be taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS).

Transferred courses taken under a student-option pass-fail system may be counted toward English composition if taken before the student matriculated at the UW. These courses should be recorded with a grade of CR by the Admissions Office, and will be recognized as English composition by DARS. If a transfer course posted with an S grade should be counted as English composition, submit a request to the DARS office to allow the course to count.

Courses that were available only on a non-graded basis are automatically acceptable, whether taken before or after matriculation at the UW. These courses will appear on the transfer evaluation with no grade; if you run a DARS, they will appear with a grade of T.

UW courses taken S/NS before matriculation at the UW may also be used to satisfy the English composition requirement.

Spring 2001 TA strike

Because of the teaching assistant strike in spring quarter 2001, class assignments in many courses were not graded by the end of the quarter. Students who completed the assignments in English department courses were allowed to submit their assignments to the department; these students were awarded the grade Credit (CR). If the assignments were later graded, the student's numerical grade for the course was submitted and replaced the CR (if the student had not graduated in the meantime). Students who received a CR grade in an English composition course in spring 2001 are allowed to use the course to satisfy the English composition requirement.
  
  

Overlaps and restrictions

   

The course(s) used to meet the English composition requirement cannot also count toward the additional writing requirement or the Areas of Knowledge requirement. The course(s) used to meet the English composition requirement can also count toward the student's major, if applicable.

Starting in Spring 2009, students with composition (C) credit in English 111, 121, or 131 (i.e., students who receive a grade of 2.0 or higher in any of these courses) are prevented from enrolling in a second course in this series.

In exceptional cases, students will be able to petition the English department for permission to register for a second 111, 121, or 131 course. Students who have successfully completed ENGL 109/110 or any of the Interdisciplinary Writing Program courses (ENGL 197, 198, 199) will not be similarly restricted from enrolling in ENGL 111, 121, or 131.

Transfer students who have 10 or more credits of courses deemed equivalent to ENGL 111, 121, or 131 will not "lose" credit as a result of this change.

  
  

Exemptions

   

Postbaccalaureate students

Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree at the UW or elsewhere are exempt from the University (and Arts and Sciences) English composition requirement.

Proficiency tests

There is no test for exemption from the English composition requirement.
  
  

Admission deficiency

    A student is deficient in English if English is her/his first language and s/he lacks the University admission requirement of four high school units (years) of English and other language arts. (For students admitted before summer quarter 1992, the requirement was three years rather than four.) A student whose first language is not English and who lacks the University admission requirement should see the Admissions Office about the available options for satisfying the English core requirement.

An English deficiency is removed by successful completion of one college course of at least four quarter credits in English (composition or literature) for each unit of deficiency. One of the four years may be satisfied by a college course in speech, drama as literature, journalistic writing, business English, ESL, or engineering/ technical writing. Normally, an English admission deficiency must be removed before matriculation at the UW.

Courses taken to remove high school core deficiencies may be taken S/NS. English composition courses taken to remove a high school English deficiency (except non-credit courses) may count toward the English composition requirement, if taken for a grade.