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FAQs

1. Is the Blugold Seminar the same as ENGL 110?

2. Who needs to take ENGL 110?

3. Who needs to take ENGL 112?

4. Do I have to take both ENGL 110 and ENGL 112?

5. Can I get out of taking ENGL 110 or 112?

6. Can I retake ENGL 110 or 112?

7. How does  my English AP credit apply to ENGL 110 or 112?

8. How can I get into a closed section of ENGL 110 or 112?

9. Do I have to take the English Placement Exam?

10. Can I retake the English Placement Exam?

11. How do I find out if a writing course will transfer to UW-Eau Claire?

12. Where can I get help with my writing?

13. What if I have more questions?

1. Is the Blugold Seminar the same as ENGL 110?
Yes. Currently, not all sections of ENGL 110 are Blugold Seminars. More and more of them will be each year. Over the next couple of years, the current version of ENGL 110 (Introduction to College Writing) will be transitioning into the Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing. Any version of 110 you take (and pass with a "C" or above) will count toward your graduation requirement.

2. Who needs to take ENGL 110?
Everyone. Currently, every student in every major and college in the University needs to pass ENGL 110 or 112 with a "C" or above. We no longer allow AP credit to exempt any student from college composition, but if you do have English AP credit you will receive GE Humanities credits. Nor do we allow students to take the CLEP exam to test out of college composition. If you scored a 4 or a 5 on either of the English AP tests, or have at least 3 approved credits of college composition from another university, you can take ENGL 112. Students with a score of 3 on either of the English AP tests must take 110.

3. Who needs to take ENGL 112?
ENGL 112 is a shortened, two-credit college composition course for students with AP or transfer composition credit.

4. Do I have to take both ENGL 110 and 112?
No. ENGL 110 and 112 are not sequential courses. You take either 110 or 112 to fulfill your English Competency requirement.

5. Can I get out of taking ENGL 110 or 112?
No, not at this time. As of Fall 2011, there is no mechanism by which students can be exempted from or test out of the English Competency requirement.

6. Can I retake ENGL 110 or 112?
Yes. If you receive a "C-" or lower in 110 or 112, you'll need to retake it and earn a "C" or better to fulfill the English Competency requirement. You will need permission from the Director of Composition (link to my email here) to retake ENGL 110 or 112.

7. How does my English AP credit apply to ENGL 110 or 112?
If you received a score of 4 or 5 on either of the English AP tests, you can take ENGL 112 instead of 110. If you received a score of 3, you need to take ENGL 110. A score of 3 or above on either test will also be credited on your GE requirements.

8. How can I get into a closed section of ENGL 110 or 112?
Sections of ENGL 110 and 112 fill quickly. You may contact the instructor of the section you would like to get into for an overload, but the instructor is not obliged to provide one. No one except the instructor for the specific section can get you into the class if it's closed.

9. Do I have to take the English Placement Test?
The English Placement Test, called the UWENGL, must be taken by all incoming first-year students. Typically, the UWENGL is taken during Orientation. Contact Academic Testing in the Advising office for more information on test dates, policies and procedures. Transfer students generally do not need to take the UWENGL.

10. Can I retake the placement test?
No, the UWENGL cannot be retaken. If you have a serious concern about your UWENGL score or your composition placement, contact your advisor or the Director of Composition.

11. How do I find out if a writing course will transfer to UW-Eau Claire?
UW-Eau Claire accepts a wide variety of composition courses from local and national colleges. Admissions and/or Advising make the first decision about transfer credit for composition courses. Questions or concerns about transfer credit for writing classes are addressed by the Director of Composition.

12. Where can I get help with my writing?
UW-Eau Claire offers all students one-on-one assistance with their writing in any of their courses at the Center for Writing Excellence, located on the second floor of McIntyre Library. The writing center also operates several satellites tutoring locations on both upper and lower campus. Do not hesitate to use this invaluable service! The writing assistants are trained undergraduate students who have a wealth of experience helping other writers. Please call for an appointment or more information: 715.836.2644.

13. What if I have more questions?
Contact Dr. Shevaun Watson, the Director of Composition in the English Department by email or phone: 715.836.4630. She will be happy to answers any other questions you may have.

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