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School Writing Requirement

Students must complete the UC Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language (ESL) requirement prior to completing the school writing requirement.

Students admitted to the school are required to complete a two-term writing requirement — Writing I and Writing II. Two courses in English composition are required for graduation. Both courses must be taken for letter grades, and students must receive grades of C or better (C– grades are not acceptable).

Writing I. The Writing I requirement must be satisfied within the first three terms of enrollment by completing English Composition 3, 3D, 3DS, or 3SL with a C grade or better (a C– or Passed grade is not acceptable).

The Writing I requirement may also be satisfied by scoring 4 or 5 on one of the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in English; a combination of a score of 720 or better on the SAT Reasoning Test, Writing section (last administered in January 2016) and superior performance on the English Composition 3 Proficiency Examination; completing a course equivalent to English Composition 3 with a C grade or better (a C– or Passed grade is not acceptable) taken at another institution; or scoring 5, 6, or 7 on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination.

Students whose native language is not English may need to take English Composition 1A, 1B, and 2I before enrolling in a Writing I course. All courses in the sequence must be passed with a C grade or better (a C– or Passed grade is not acceptable).

Qualifying examination scores and courses are determined by the school Faculty Executive Committee.

Writing II. The Writing II requirement must be satisfied within seven terms of enrollment by completing one course from a faculty-approved list of Writing II courses and available in the Student Affairs Office; see Registrar’s Writing II requirements for details. The course (Nursing 152W) must be completed with a C grade or better (a C– or Passed grade is not acceptable).

If approved for general education (GE) credit, applicable Writing II courses may also fulfill a GE requirement.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the Writing I and Writing II requirements. No transfer student is admitted to the school without completing, with a C grade or better (C– grade is not acceptable), a college-level writing course that Undergraduate Admission accepts as equivalent to English Composition 3.