Policies and Procedures

Policies for the University Writing Requirement

(Approved Dec 4, 2015; effective Fall 2016)

All students at Stetson University must satisfy the Writing Requirement, which consists of four (4) approved courses, at least two of which must be from General Education.

Courses eligible to meet the Writing Requirement include:

  • WE/WI designated courses
  • FSEMs
  • JSEMs
  • Writing courses (Courses whose focus is on the theory and practice of writing)       

Students who expect to receive a transfer, dual enrollment, AP, IB, or AICE credit for writing courses may transfer up to two (2) writing courses. The remaining courses must be completed at Stetson. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many writing courses do I need to take?

Effective Fall 2016, Stetson University requires that students earn credit for four (4) WE courses. Two (2) of those courses must be in General Education.The other two may come from any approved WE course.

Up to two of these four required courses may be transferred in via exam or course credit; however, two (2) WE courses must be taken at Stetson University. Students who are placed into ENGL 100 College Writing must take that course in their first semester at Stetson. ENGL 100 will count as one of the four required WE courses upon completion of the course with a C or better.

Can I choose to take ENGL 100?

ENGL 100 is a placement-only course. Students are placed in ENGL 100 when incoming test scores or other information that indicate a student's essential skills need additional support. For example, SAT-V scores of 420 or less, or ACT English scores of 16 or less, typically mean a student needs a preparatory course to ensure success at Stetson.  If you feel you should take a preparatory course before taking on the demands of University level writing, contact the director of the Writing Program at writingprogram@stetson.edu.

What are the standards and expectations for college level writing?

Stetson University welcomes students with strong thinking, speaking, and writing skills. "High quality" here means that students are capable of creating the following:

  • Sentences and paragraphs that are well-constructed, accurately formed, and expressive of ideas and significant insight
  • Essays, reports, and other text-based documents that demonstrate the ability to analyze, evaluate, form arguments, synthesize ideas, respond to readings, and perform effective research in peer-reviewed, academic journals.
  • Revisions that shape and reshape ideas and their presentation in response to instructor and peer feedback; revision that goes beyond correcting grammar or "fixing" elements that a professor has noted.

Many first-year and transfer students are not prepared for the rigor with which academic writing is graded; while many have consistently earned A's in their previous writing courses, first-year students are often shocked to see that those writing skills are considered average by Stetson University faculty.

We offer a great deal of assistance for students. Contact the Writing Center, located in the DuPont-Ball Library, and seek out professors in their office hours.

Can I drop ENGL 100?

No. In some extreme situations (e.g., a withdrawal for health reasons from the university), enrollment in a writing course can be changed. However, the university places a high priority on writing skills, and if you are placed in ENGL 100, it is vital that you complete it as early as possible.

Can I challenge my placement in ENGL 100?

Yes. If you believe that you have been placed in the wrong writing course, contact the Director of the Writing Program at writingprogram@stetson.edu.