LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Spring 2010, Subject = SWC

LS&A Writing Requirements

Administered by the Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center, LS&A writing requirements consist of a First-Year Writing Requirement and an Upper-Level Writing Requirement. A minimum grade of C- in a Sweetland-approved course is necessary to satisfy each requirement.

The purpose of these writing requirements is to provide students with both introductory and advanced instruction in college-level writing. Courses from the 100 to the 400 level aim to enhance students’ critical thinking and writing skills and to prepare them for writing both in their undergraduate years and in their future educational and professional work.

First-Year Writing. First-Year Writing Requirement courses offered for a particular semester can be found by using the advanced search function in the LSA Course Guide and selecting “first-year writing” under the "Other Requirements/Groupings" feature.

Students who seek a more individualized and gradual introduction to college writing, may want to take SWC 100: Transition to College Writing offered by the Sweetland Writing Center before a First-Year Writing Requirement course. This course provides intensive one-on-one feedback on writing assignments, as well as the creation of an electronic portfolio, which enables students to integrate technology into their learning and reflect upon their development as writers.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR)

The goal of the Upper-Level Writing Requirement is to teach students to recognize and master the writing conventions of their chosen concentration.

Students must satisfy the First Year Writing Requirement before electing one of the courses approved to satisfy the ULWR. A minimum course grade of C- is required in order to satisfy the ULWR.

A list of approved Upper-Level Writing Requirement courses for a particular semester can be found through the advanced search feature in the LS&A Course Guide at A course approved to meet the requirement one semester is not necessarily approved to meet the requirement in subsequent semesters.

SWC Waitlist Policy

Students who want to be admitted to a closed SWC course should add themselves to the waitlist. Once a seat is available, students will be notified via email. Students will be given 24 hours to respond to the notification and request a class permission. If students do not respond within 24 hours, they lose their place on the waitlist and the next priority student will be notified and given the opportunity to request a class permission. Once class permission is granted, students will have 48 hours to use the class permission before it expires.

Students are notified based upon a variety of criteria depending upon which class they have waitlisted.

  1. SWC 100: Students waitlisted for SWC 100 who have a higher number of credit hours and have not yet fulfilled their First-Year Writing Requirement, will be given priority. All other students will be notified based on their position on the waitlist.
  2. SWC 400: Students waitlisted for SWC 400 will be admitted based on class standing, with seniors given priority. Depending on the class topic, students on the waitlist may be given preference based on academic departments (i.e., students within a social science field may be admitted into the social science section over a student within a science field). All other students will be notified based on their position on the waitlist.
  3. Other SWC Courses: Waitlisted students will be notified based upon their position on the waitlist.

Please note: It is department policy that students MUST attend the first two class meetings or notify the instructor that they will be absent. Failure to do so may result in the student being dropped from the course.

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