LSA Writing Requirements

LSA requires all of its students to complete the First-Year Writing Requirement and the Upper-Level Writing Requirement with a minimum grade of C- in each course. The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing administers these writing requirements and approves all First-Year and Upper-Level Writing Requirement courses..

The Sweetland Center for Writing believes that students:

  • need regular practice to learn to write well;
  • learn best about a subject by writing about it; and
  • should be able to recognize and employ the writing conventions of their chosen discipline.

Courses offered to fulfill these writing requirements aim to enhance students’ critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them for writing in both their undergraduate years and future educational and professional work.

All Writing Requirement courses offered for a particular term can be found by using the "Skills Req" drop-down menu and checking the appropriate box to locate "Upper Level" or "First Year" writing requirement courses offered.

 

First-Year Writing Requirement (FYWR)

The goal of the First-Year Writing Requirement is to prepare students for the types of writing most often assigned and valued in university courses.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR)

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


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