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02-03 LS&A Bulletin

Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures

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 a First-Year Writing Requirement and an Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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:

  1. Students may take the two-credit Writing Practicum (SWC 100/102) followed by an approved four-credit first-year writing course;
  2. Students may take an approved four-credit first-year writing course in the College (a list of courses 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.

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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