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.

WRIT course and placement information

Students are placed into a WRIT course using the highest placement of the following:
  • WRIT 907L credit with a grade of C or better
  • UW System English placement test (WPT ENGL) score
  • Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (AP ENGC) or English Literature and Composition (AP ELC) or International Baccalaureate (IB) score (Note: AP and IB scores must be processed by the Registrar and viewable in CampS)
    Please note: WRIT course placement is mandatory; a student may not take a different WRIT course than the one they placed into.
Advice for Students:
  • Students who have taken AP English (ENGC or ELC) or IB exams should wait until Spring to take a WRIT course. AP or IB scores must be processed by Academic Testing and showing on the student's record in CampS before the student registers for a WRIT course.
  • WRIT courses are themed, and students should be encouraged to select a WRIT course that has a theme of interest to them.
  • All students are encouraged to satisfy the University Writing Requirement before the completion of the sophomore year.
Transfer Credit or Test Scores WRIT Placement or Credit

Transfer WRIT 907L for 2.66-4.00 credits with a C or better (see student transcript)
WRIT 907L must have a grade of C (not C-) or better for a student to take WRIT 120

 

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WRIT 120 Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students (2 credits)
or
Submit a University Writing Program Portfolio

WPT ENGL score 595 or above
or

AP ENGC or AP ELC score 4 or above
or
IB English score 5 or above

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University Writing Requirement Met. No WRIT course needed. S1 experience (but not credit) for WPT ENGL

University Writing Requirement Met. No WRIT course needed. WRIT 116 credit on transcript.

WPT ENGL score 550-594
or
AP ENGC or AP ELC score 3
or
IB English score 4

 

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WRIT 118, Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (2 credits)
or
Submit a University Writing Program Portfolio1
WPT ENGL score 405-549

 

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WRIT 116 Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (5 credit)
or
Submit a University Writing Program Portfolio1
WPT ENGL score 404 or below

 

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WRIT 114 Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (5 credit)
or
Submit a University Writing Program Portfolio1

 1All incoming students are eligible in their first year at UW-Eau Claire to submit a University Writing Program Portfolio to attempt to modify their WRIT course placement or to test out of the University Writing requirement; see the Blugold Seminar portfolio page for details.

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 (WPT 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.

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