Core Writing Courses at UW-Superior

Overview

Core Writing Courses at UW-Superior offer students small, workshop-style classes that build on students' literacy and liberal arts knowledge and skills. Information literacy skills, writing processes, and practice in multiple genres allow students to approach various texts as critical readers and confident writers in and outside the classroom.

Course Descriptions

WRIT - Writing
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
WRIT 099Fundamentals of Writing2.00
Fundamentals of academic writing: active reading strategies, writing processes, revision, audience awareness, full development of ideas, adherence to rules of standard edited English. Credits in this course cannot be used to fulfill University Studies requirements, graduation requirements, or the requirements of a major or minor. Credits count for transcript only. Students must co-enroll in WRIT 102.
Prerequisites:
Placement based on score of ACT English or SAT verbal or Wisconsin English Placement Test; or approval of the Writing Coordinator for students taking ESL 132.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WRIT 102Introduction to Academic Writing3.00
Critical reading, research, and academic writing arguments. Emphasis on information literacy, elements of persuasion, documentation and citation. Students must pass with a C- or better.
University Studies Requirements:
College Writing
Prerequisites:
A qualifying score on ACT English or SAT Verbal or WEPT or AP Language and Comp test or AP Literature and Comp test; or permission of Writing Coordinator for students taking ESL 132.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
WRIT 209Introduction to Professional Writing3.00
Writing in a range of genres related to the rhetorical situations, audiences, technologies, and multicultural environments of the 21st century workplace. Emphasis on liberal arts career skills. Students must pass with a C- or better to complete the core writing sequence.
University Studies Requirements:
Professional Writing
Prerequisites:
Completion of WRIT 102 with a grade of C- or better and completion of 30 college credits or instructor permission.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

Placement

Placement is determined by cut scores on the ACT or SAT as shown on the chart below. In the absence of an ACT or SAT score, students take the Wisconsin English Placement Test (WEPT) for placement. Students may also take the WEPT to improve their placement; however, the WEPT is not required if students earn an ACT or SAT score with which they are satisfied.

ACT English "Old" SAT Verbal (through Aug. 2015) "New" SAT (since Sept. 2015)
Reading and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
WEPT WRIT Course Placement
18 and lower 489 and lower 510 and lower 365 and lower WRIT 099: Fundamentals of Writing
19-25 490-609 520-800 366-545 WRIT 102: Intro to Academic Writing
26 and higher 610 and higher 660 and higher 546 and higher WRIT 209: Intro to Professional Writing

Placement into WRIT 099: Fundamentals of Writing. This course prepares students for the challenge of reading and writing at the college level. This course must be taken within 30 credits. Students must pass this course with a C- or better to continue on to WRIT 102 or else be repeated until a C- is earned.

Placement into WRIT 102: Intro to Academic Writing. Upon placement, this course should be taken in the freshman year, fall or spring. The course must be taken within 30 credits. Students must pass this course with a C- or better to continue on to WRIT 209 or else repeat it until a C- is earned.

Regardless of placement, students with an AP Lang/Lit or AP Lang/Comp score of 3 or higher earn 3 credits for WRIT 102. Regardless of placement, students who earn a 50 or higher on the CLEP College Composition exam earn 3 credits for WRIT 102.

Placement into WRIT 209: Intro to Professional Writing. Upon placement, this course should be taken in the sophomore year, fall or spring. Students must pass this course with a C- or better to satisfy the university studies requirement.

Writing Placement for Transfer Students without an Associate Degree: Students who arrive at UW-Superior with 6 credits of college writing completed at a C- or higher have satisfied the requirements for both WRIT 102 and WRIT 209. Some majors may still require WRIT 209 if a Professional Writing course is not also transferred.

Students who arrive with 3 credits of 100- level writing completed at a C- minus or higher have satisfied the requirements for WRIT 102. Students may seek enrollment in WRIT 209 before they have reached sophomore level by gaining the instructor’s permission. WRIT 209 is recommended for sophomore-level students.

Credit for Prior Learning

WRIT 102

UW-Superior accepts three types of Credit for Prior Learning for WRIT 102:

CLEP: Students may test for credit in WRIT 102; see the CLEP Testing page for more information or to schedule an exam time.

AP: Students who score a 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement exam in Language and Composition or Literature and Composition can transfer them to UW-Superior. These credits translate into credit for WRIT 102`. View more information on other AP credits.

Portfolio Option: See Placement options above.

WRIT 209

The Writing Program will consider granting credit to students who have significant professional writing experience via the Portfolio process. See the full policy and procedures. Students who fit the eligibility criteria as noted in the policy are encouraged to begin the process before the beginning of a given semester.