Writing Requirements

LSA requires all of its students to complete the First-Year Writing Requirement and the Upper-Level Writing Requirement. All courses fulfilling the LSA writing requirements are administered and approved by the Sweetland Center for Writing. To fulfill these requirements, students must complete an approved First-Year Writing Requirement course and an Upper-Level Writing Requirement course with a minimum grade of a C-.

These courses aim to enhance students' critical thinking and writing skills, thus preparing them for writing in both their undergraduate years and future educational and professional work. LSA believes that students:

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