Placement in the First-Year Writing Seminars (WRIT 100)

Students place themselves in sections of Writing Seminar for First-Years (WRIT 100). Each has a distinct topic; one or two sections will be appropriate for ESOL students. Sufficient spaces in WRIT 100 sections are always offered each fall and winter to guarantee each first-year student who needs one a place; however, scheduling conflicts do arise from time to time. Students and advisers should not postpone WRIT 100 for the sophomore year. Students other than first-years get last choice in the winter.

Guidance for ESOL students: ESOL students should look for sections taught by Profs. Ruiz, Smout or Kao.

Guidance for one-year visitors: One-year visitors hoping to take WRIT 100 must wait until first-year students here for the full four years have been accommodated. One-year visitors are encouraged to contact the professor teaching a winter term WRIT 100 with open spaces directly, or to enroll in English 201 if it is offered.

Guidance for sophomores and transfer students who have not taken college writing: You are unlikely to be exempted from the requirement without a college writing course. When you register for a section of the Writing Seminar for First-Years (WRIT 100), you will be placed on the waitlist because you are not a first-year student. Please see the chair of the English Department immediately in order to gain admission to a First-Year Writing Seminar section. You may have to wait until winter term.

Purpose of the Foundation Requirement FDR (FW):

Students will receive extensive practice in critical reading and writing; will be introduced to conventions governing appropriateness and persuasiveness in writing; learn the conventions of standard English; learn to choose words more precisely, to write clearer sentences and more effective paragraphs, to argue a workable thesis, to use an effective voice, and to integrate the work of others into their own work properly; and, overall, learn to increase precision, fluency, and confidence with written language.