Writing

Writing skills are critical for success in college and in life after graduation. One writing course must be completed at the level of ENGL-101 during your first year.

The English Department uses entering test scores to identify which Writing course to place the student into. Most entering first-year students are placed into ENGL-101, which will completely satisfy the Writing requirement. Students needing extra instruction in college-level writing are placed into ENGL-100 during their first semester, and will have to then take ENGL-101 to complete the Writing requirement.

Students may not use the Pass/Fail option for the course they are taking for the Writing requirement, and they may not Drop the course. Students experiencing difficulty in their writing course should immediately consult with their instructor and get help from the Writing Center (note that the FAQ item on the menu in the linked page is very helpful). Students may seek additional advice from the director of the Writing Program, Dr. M. O'Neill.

The importance of writing as a skill cannot be overemphasized. Students are encourages to take an additional writing course as an elective. Students satisfying the Writing Requirement with ENGL-101 may take ENGL-201 as an elective, or may take ENGL-301 if they have taken several writing intensive courses from other departments first. Students satisfying the requirement with ENGL-201 may take ENGL-301. The English Department also offers some courses that are writing intensive that are open to all students who have completed ENGL-101 or ENGL-201. These include Technical Writing (ENGL-206), Nature Writing (ENGL-207), and Personal Essay (ENGL-208).

Transfer Credit For ENGL-101:

Students who take an English course at another institution or who participate in Dual Enrollment may be able to transfer credit to cover ENGL-101. This transfer credit may be used to satisfy the Writing requirement. Students meeting the requirement in this manner are strongly encouraged to take ENGL-201 as an elective as soon as they can fit it into their schedules.

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences may satisfy no more than one General Education requirement through transfer credit for a course taken after matriculating at Stetson. There is no limit on the number of General Education requirements that can be satisfied by transferring courses taken prior to matriculating.

Exemption Credit From Examinations:

Students who take an English exam in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate Program (IB), or an Advanced Placement (AP) exam may score well enough to earn exemption credit for ENGL-101, which may be used to satisfy the Writing requirement. Students meeting the requirement in this manner are strongly encouraged to take ENGL-201 as an elective as soon as they can fit it into their schedules.

Additional Information:

See the pages maintained by the English Department:


Revised: 07/30/13