Writing Requirement
for Students Entering Stetson Fall of 2011 or Later

Writing skills are critical for success in college and in life after graduation. The Writing Requirement has been designed to lay a foundation upon which success may be built. Once you have satisfied the writing requirement, you are strongly encouraged to select additional courses that support your major or complement your interests that also emphasize enhancing your writing skills.

The writing requirement described here is for students who first start at Stetson in the Fall of 2011 or later. If you started prior to that semester, see Old Writing Requirement.

All students satisfy the Writing Requirement by completing an appropriate Stetson course at the level of ENGL 101 or higher. Students taking courses to satisfy the Writing requirement must earn a final grade of C or better. The specific course that you will use to satisfy the requirement depends on your skill level when you enter the University, and on whether you are bringing in credit for ENGL 101, either through transfer or as a result of earning high scores on AP or IB exams. Placement into an appropriate course is explained farther down in this document.

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Placement

Placement for students who are NOT bringing in credit for ENGL 101

Placement for students who ARE bringing in credit for ENGL 101

Placement is determined from standardized test scores and high school grades. Students wishing to question their initial placement may submit a Writing Portfolio. Students who demonstrate very strong writing skills in their writing portfolio may, after consultation with the Director of the Writing Program, be placed into ENGL 201 or an approved writing intensive course to complete their Writing requirement.

Most incoming students are placed into ENGL 101. Earning a grade of C or better in ENGL 101 satisfies the writing requirement. Students may take it during either the first or the second semester.

Students who are not ready to take ENGL 101 are placed into ENGL 100. ENGL 100 must be taken during the first semester, and must be passed with a grade of C or better. ENGL 101 must be taken immediately after successfully completing ENGL 100. Earning a grade of C or better in ENGL 101 satisfies the writing requirement.

All students who transfer in credit for ENGL 101 or who receive credit for ENGL 101 as a result of AP or IB exam scores must submit a Writing Portfolio. The portfolio will be evaluated to determine placement in an appropriate writing or writing intensive course. Passing the course you are placed into with a grade of C or better will satisfy the writing requirement.

Most incoming students who already have credit for ENGL 101 will be placed into ENGL 109. Students who demonstrate very strong writing skills in their writing portfolio will, after consultation with the Director of the Writing Program, be placed into ENGL 201 or an approved writing intensive course to complete their Writing requirement. Approved writing intensive courses are taught in a variety of different departments, and students placed into that level may select a course that appeals to their interests.

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Revised: 07/12/13