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Lower Division Writing (WR2) Critiera

Mission Statement

The University's lower-division writing requirement insures that students develop the rhetorical skills necessary for success in the writing assignments intrinsic in college courses.

Student Requirements

This requirement may be satisfied with Writing 2010 or ESL 1060 (for students who speak English as a second language) when completed with C- or better.

Students whose native language is not English fulfill the writing requirement through the ESL 1040, 1050, 1060 sequence offered by the Linguistics Program.

A student whose Advanced Placement (AP) level in English is 4 or 5 is exempt from this requirement. Also exempt are transfer students who have met comparable lower-division writing requirements at other colleges or universities. An Associate Degree from a two-year college is satisfactory evidence of having satisfied the lower-division writing requirement.

New Freshmen students will be placed in WRTG 1010 or 2010 depending on their admissions index. For students placed in WRTG 1010, satisfactory completion (C- or better) is required for enrollment in WRTG 2010. Students without admissions index (or who want to appeal their placement) and those taking ESL will be able to complete a writing placement essay administered by the University Writing Program.


Subject Number Units Title
ESL 1060 3.0 Expository Writing for ESL
HONOR 2211 3.0 Writing in Honors
WRTG 2010 3.0 Intermediate Writing


A minimum grade of C- in one of the approved courses is required to complete this requirement. Minimum grade does not apply to pre-requisites. Please check with the department first.

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Last Updated: 4/15/21