The Writing Requirement at Stetson University

Writing Requirement

Students at Stetson University will take four (4) courses to complete the Writing requirement, at least two of which must be from General Education. (Policy effective Fall 2016)

Eligible courses include

  • FSEM
  • JSEM
  • Any WE or WI-designated course
  • Any Writing course (a course focusing on the theory and practice of writing)

Transition Policy for Returning Students

View our policy governing returning students who have not yet completed their Writing course.

Assessment of Effectiveness

View the description of the four-year plan to ensure quality teaching and learning. Also, view the research study design and the Writing outcome statement and rubric used for assessment.


Placement into a writing course by standardized test scores is not an effective method of predicting student success. Therefore, we no longer place students in a developmental writing course; instead, we offer an innovative, student-empowering approach to writing support. Students wanting writing support in a more structured form than visiting the Writing Center may opt in to one of two half semester courses, offered Fall II and Spring I. These two-credit, eight-week courses (ENGL 100: Transitions to College Reading and Writing) seek to support first year students who find themselves struggling with writing in their FSEM and in other first year courses.In that eight-week section, students work with Writing Fellows and the instructor of the course to identify methods of responding to writing prompts, reflective work on learning from feedback, and targeted revision strategies. Completion of the course ensures that ENGL 100 counts toward the Writing requirement at Stetson. 

Transfer of Course and Exam Credit

Students who expect to receive transfer, dual enrollment, AP, IB or AICE credit for writing courses may transfer in up to two (2) courses. At least two courses in the writing requirement must be taken here at Stetson.