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Satisfying the FYC Requirement

Dr. Kirsten Benson holding the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence awarded to our First-Year Writing Program by Conference on College Composition and Communication’s (CCCC).
Dr. Kirsten Benson holding the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence awarded to our First-Year Writing Program by Conference on College Composition and Communication’s.

Effective Fall 2021, students may satisfy the First-Year Composition requirement in the following ways (see FYC Sequences and Placement for more information). Students who entered before Fall 2021 follow the policies for their Catalog year.

  1. Regular Sequence: English 101 + English 102. Students may not take English 102 before passing English 101.
  2. Intensive Sequence: English 101 and English 103 (1-credit elective) + English 102 and English 104 (1-credit elective). Students may not take English 102 before passing English 101.
  3. Honors Sequence: English 118 + 200-level English course or English 355 for students who earn a B or better in 118; students who earn a B-, C+, or C in 118 must take English 102. Eligibility: ACT 29 English & 29 Composite (or corresponding SAT scores—see below). Not for Chancellor’s Honors students.
  4. Chancellor’s Honors Sequence: English 198 (Fall) + English 298 (Spring). Limited to students in the Chancellor’s Honors Program.
  5. AP Credit Sequence:Credit for English 101 through AP score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam in Literature & Composition or Language & Composition AND ACT 29 English and 29 Composite or corresponding SAT scores (see below) + Choice of either English 290 or English 102.

*AP Credit: A score of 4 or 5 on either the College Board Advanced Placement Test in Literature and Composition or the Language and Composition exam gives credit for English 101 only.

NOTE: CLEP credit is not accepted for the First-Year Composition requirement.

Most students fulfill the FYC requirement through one of the above sequences. However, if you are a transfer student, you may have been exempted from all or part of this requirement based upon work completed at your previous institution. The Admissions Office will evaluate your transfer credits. If you did not receive credit for English 101 and/or 102 but feel you should have, you can petition for a waiver by contacting the English Department in 311 McClung Tower, 865-974-5401.