Composition Requirements

Students entering 2018 and After

Students entering 2018 and after

 


Composition (C) Requirement - The general education writing requirements at UCSC consist of the Entry-Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), and Composition (C). Composition (C) requirements are outlined below.

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Ways to Satisfy Composition at UCSC 

Successful completion of College 1 and ELWR are prerequisites for students' enrollment in the C course (Writing 2). Students must successfully complete Writing 2 before the seventh quarter of enrollment. 

Other Ways to Satisfy Composition

UCSC Summer Session - Writing course offerings vary by year but Writing 2 is usually offered. Check the Summer Session website to see what courses are offered this summer.

Community College - Consider taking a course at a Community College. Check which courses are transferable for Composition (C) here.

*Note that satisfying Composition 1 (C1) at a Community College is an option only available prior to beginning at UCSC. Once a student begins enrollment at UCSC, satisfaction of the ELWR and C1 requirements will take a different route.

 

Students enrolled 2006-2017

Students enrolled 2006-2017

Composition 1 and Composition 2

Composition 1, Introduction to University Discourse (Freshman Core Course) - As they make the transition from writing in the schools to writing in a variety of academic and professional contexts, students learn to apply rhetorical principles rather than rely on rule-driven formulas. They also experience and come to understand the connections among composing, thinking, and learning. This requirement is satisfied by the College Core Course.

Composition 2, Rhetoric and Inquiry - Students in Composition 2 (C2) (Writing 2, Core 80B) build on their progress in Composition 1 (C1) by learning strategies for becoming more effective readers, writers, and speakers in the context of assignments that require independent research. They deepen their comprehension of how their writing and that of others can add to the understanding of vital issues and sustain meaningful inquiry through responsible persuasion. Students must complete the Composition 2 (C2) requirement before the seventh quarter of enrollment.

Ways to Satisfy Composition 2 at UCSC

Students in Composition 2 (C2) (Writing 2, Core 80B) build on their progress in Composition 1 (C1) by learning strategies for becoming more effective readers, writers, and speakers in the context of assignments that require independent research. They deepen their comprehension of how their writing and that of others can add to the understanding of vital issues and sustain meaningful inquiry through responsible persuasion. Students must complete the Composition 2 (C2) requirement before the seventh quarter of enrollment. 

Composition 2 Sequence

 

Other Ways to Satisfy Composition 2

UCSC Summer Session
Writing course offerings vary by year but Writing 2 is usually offered. Check the Summer Session website to see what courses are offered this summer.

Community College
Consider taking a course at a Community College. Check which courses are transferable for Composition 2 (C2) here.

*Note that satisfying Composition 1 (C1) at a Community College is an option only available prior to beginning at UCSC. Once a student begins enrollment at UCSC, satisfaction of the ELWR and C1 requirements will take a different route.

 

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Students enrolled before 2005
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