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University Writing Requirement

Beginning Fall 2012, students must complete 2 college-level composition courses or their approved equivalents for their baccalaureate degree requirements.  This requirement may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • Students admitted to PSU as freshmen (0-29 credits) meet the requirement by completing the first two years of University Studies or University Honors (both approved equivalents of composition courses);
  • Students admitted to PSU having earned 30-89 credits meet the requirement with WR 121 (required for transfer admission) and the requisite number of Sophomore Inquiry courses determined by placement into University Studies or University Honors. (The WR 121 requirement may also be satisfied by passing the WR 121 Challenge Exam which exempts students from the course);
  • Students admitted having earned 90 or more credits have four options for meeting the requirement:
    • Transfer into PSU with an approved equivalent of WR 121 plus one approved composition course for which WR 121 (or it's approved equivalent) is a pre-requisite;
    • Transfer into PSU with two approved composition courses for which WR 121 (or its approved equivalent) is a pre-requisite;
    • Complete WR 121 plus an additional course from the following PSU course list: WR 200, 211, 222, 227, 300, 323, 324, 327, 333, 394, 400, 420 or a 4-credit Writing Intensive Course (WIC) course. Composition writing courses transferred into PSU may also be considered.
    • Complete any two courses from the above PSU list. (The Challenge Exams for WR 121 and WR 323 may also be used to satisfy the requirement)

This requirement is in effect beginning with the 2012-13 catalog. Students admitted prior to Fall 2012 may speak to an adviser about whether to use an older catalog

For information about the Challenge ExamsWriting Intensive Courses, or for questions about approved equivalents for composition courses, please email the English Department at eng@pdx.edu.