Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation
Common Requirements for the A.B., B.S.,
and B.G.S. Degrees
Administered by the Gayle Morris
Sweetland Writing Center, the composition requirement consists
of a First-Year Writing Requirement and an Upper-Level Writing
P First-Year Writing Requirement.
The goal of the First-Year Writing Requirement is to teach
students the discipline and skills needed for college writing.
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 a writing course that will
most appropriately challenge them. Writing Workshop instructors
are available in 1139 Angell Hall to help students make this
choice. Students may fulfill the First-Year Writing Requirement
in three ways:
- Students may take the two-credit Writing Practicum (SWC 100/102)
followed by an approved four-credit first-year writing course;
- Students may take an approved four-credit first-year writing
course in the College (a list of courses is available at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/swc/requirements/firstyearcourses.html);
- Students who have taken approved courses elsewhere may use
those courses to satisfy the requirement. A list of currently
approved courses is available at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/swc/requirements/transfcourses.html.
The First-Year Writing Requirement should be completed
in the first year.
Upper-Level Writing. All LS&A
students must fulfill the Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR)
any time after they have completed the First-Year Writing Requirement.
The ULWR, which the College strongly recommends be completed
within the student's concentration, aims to help students recognize
and master the writing conventions of their chosen discipline,
so that, upon graduation, they are able to understand and communicate
effectively the central concepts, approaches, and materials of
that discipline. A list of approved courses for a particular
term is available from:
(Student Academic Affairs website)
(the Sweetland Writing Center website).
A course approved to meet the requirement one term
is not necessarily approved in subsequent terms. When registering
for a ULWR course, students must select the writing requirement
box indicating they would like to use the course to satisfy the
ULWR. In addition to giving the student a grade for the course
at the end of the term, the instructor also indicates whether
the student has successfully completed the writing requirement.
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