WRIT Courses + Placement

What you need to succeed

All students must satisfy the University Writing Requirement, and there are many ways to do that. Most students will meet this requirement by taking a Blugold Seminar (WRIT) course, and we have different versions of the Blugold Seminar tailored to your needs. Some students may meet the University Writing Requirement through the English Placement Test, AP English scores, or by other means. Please view the accordions below for valuable information about the University Writing Requirement and WRIT courses and placements.

Course and placement information

Students satisfy the University Writing Requirement, which is a requirement for graduation (Skills 1 in the new Liberal Education framework) in one of five ways:

  • completing a Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing course (WRIT 114WRIT 116WRIT 118, or WRIT 120) with a grade of C (not C-) or above
  • achieving a suitable score on the English Placement Test (UW-ENGL)
  • achieving a suitable score on an exam such as the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition or Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exams
  • achieving a suitable score on the University Writing Program Portfolio, or
  • transferring equivalent coursework, approved by the English Department.

All students are encouraged to satisfy the University Writing Requirement before the completion of the sophomore year.

Students are initially placed into WRIT courses—or are determined to have met the University Writing Requirement—using the UW System English placement test (UWENGL/WPT), AP English Language and Composition exam, AP English Literature and Composition exam, the International Baccalaureate exam, or prior coursework in college-level composition. Students may seek to modify their placements (or meet the University Writing Requirement) by submitting a WRIT Portfolio.

WRIT 114: Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits)

  • UWENGL score of 404 and below

WRIT 116: Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits)

  • UWENGL score of 405 to 549

WRIT 118: Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (2 credits)

  • UWENGL score of 550 to 594,

          OR

  • AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition score of 3,

          OR 

  • IB English of 4

          OR 

  • University Honors Program

University Writing Requirement Met - No WRIT Course Needed

  • UWENGL score of 595 or above

          OR

  • AP English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition score of 4 or above.

          OR

  • IB English of 5 or above

WRIT 120: Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students (2 credits)

  • Transfer credit of 2.6-4.0 credits with a C or above of college composition, shown on UW-Eau Claire transcript as WRIT 907L.

You may seek to modify your placement (or meet the University Writing Requirement) by submitting a WRIT Portfolio.

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