First-Year Student Information

First Year WritingProgram

(IntroductoryComposition Requirement)

At the Universityof Michigan, writing will play a critical role in your thinkingand learning, beginning with your first year. In some classes,your writing will be your most important tool for demonstratingthat you understand course concepts. Your ability to write prosethat, at its best, is characterized by intellectual force, clarity,appropriate organization and development of ideas, effective useof evidence, cogency, and stylistic control will be crucial toyour success as a student here. Because writing plays such a vitalrole in all academic disciplines at Michigan, your first writingcourse must meet your actual needs as a writer so that you cansuccessfully make the transition to college writing. The IntroductoryComposition Requirement should be completed in the first year.

1. Self-Assessment

All students enteringthe University must fulfill the first-year writing requirement.They may do so by taking Practicum and another first-year writingcourse, or by taking a first-year writing course alone. Aftermeeting with an advisor or a Writing Workshop instructor, studentsdecide which of these alternatives is better for them on the basisof a self-assessment.

2. Practicum(ECB 100-105)

Writing Practicumis for all students who choose the course as preparation for collegewriting. This is not a remedial course but is designed to supportstudents with limited experience writing the sorts of pieces mostoften assigned and valued at the University. Practicum offersopportunities for students to improve how they organize, develop,and support ideas, analyze complex material, and deploy evidencein an argument. Practicum is not graded but does earn two coursecredits. Class enrollment is limited to eighteen students. Classesmeet two hours per week and each student receives an additionalhalf-hour of individual instruction every other week in a conferencewith the instructor. This concentrated individual attention hasproven crucial to the success of students with limited writingexperience.

Practicum is thebest placement for you if:

3. First-YearWriting Courses

First-year writingcourses are offered in a number of disciplines and cover a widerange of intriguing topics. They serve to introduce students tothe kinds of argumentative and analytical writing most often requiredin an advanced academic context. Students regularly receive writtenand oral feedback from peers as well as from the course instructor.Class sessions are often devoted to workshops that focus on examplesof student writing, and students typically receive responses fromtheir peers to each essay they write. Students have one or moreindividual conferences with the instructor in the term, and instructorsmay require individual students to work with a Writing Workshopinstructor on particular issues for all or part of the term.

First-Year Writingis the best placement for you if:

Courses that meet the First Year Writing Requirement:

4. TransferStudents Admitted in Winter 1999 or Later

Entering studentswho have taken a first-year writing course at another collegeor university may be able to use that course to satisfy the IntroductoryComposition requirement. Incoming transfer students should consultour web site: the list of courses approved as meeting the requirement.We do not consider Advanced Placement (AP) credit nor CreativeWriting or Journalism courses as equivalent to our IntroductoryComposition requirement. If your school or course is not listed,please provide a course description (from the school catalog)and the syllabus.

Submit it to:

Associate Director
Sweetland Writing Center
1139 Angell Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

ECB 100 is offered Fall Term, 2000

In Fall Term, 2000,mainstream LS&A students may elect English 124or 125,or History 195, Slavic 151, or UniversityCourses 153.

Lloyd Hall Scholars Program 125 isrestricted to students enrolled in the LHS Program

147 total sectionsof English 124/125 are offered in Fall Term. These descriptionsare listed on the English department website.

The IntroductoryComposition Requirement should be completed in the first year.

Students enrolledin courses that meet the Introductory Composition requirementmay receive concurrent writing assistance from the Writing Workshop.For information, contact the Sweetland Writing Center in 1139 Angell Hall, (734) 764-0429.

Upper-LevelWriting Requirement

A student MUSThave completed introductory composition before beingeligible to meet the Upper-LevelWriting Requirement.

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