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Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures, and the Academic Minor Option

Common Requirements for the A.B., B.S., and B.G.S. Degrees

English Composition

Administered by the Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center, the composition requirement consists of two parts.

Part I: First-Year Writing Requirement . Placement into an appropriate writing course in LS&A is based on student self-assessment. This voluntary placement system is designed to allow students to select the course that will most appropriately challenge them. Writing Workshop instructors are available in 1139 Angell Hall to help students make this choice. (Writing portfolios are no longer required of entering students.)

Students may fulfill the First-Year Writing Requirement in three ways:

  1. Students may take the 2-credit Writing Practicum and then take an approved 4-credit course;
  2. Students may take any approved 4-credit course in the College (a list is available at; or
  3. Students who have taken approved courses elsewhere may use those courses to satisfy the requirement (a list of currently approved courses is available at

The First-Year Writing Requirement should be completed in the first year.

Part II: Upper-Level Writing. All LS&A students must complete the Upper-Level Writing Requirement any time after they have completed the First-Year Writing Requirement but preferably in their junior year. The College strongly recommends that the course be in the student's field of concentration or area of academic interest. A list of approved courses for a particular term is available from the Student Academic Affairs website ( and the Sweetland Writing Center website ( A course approved to meet the requirement one term is not necessarily approved in subsequent terms.

After registering in the approved course, students must then select it for the writing requirement via Wolverine Access. In addition to giving the student a grade for the course, the instructor indicates whether the student has successfully completed the writing requirement at the end of the term.

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