Entry Level Writing Requirement
About half of incoming undergraduates have met the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) prior to their first day of classes at UCSC, and the other half take a class (Writing 1 and Writing 1E) in their first year that allows them to meet this requirement.
Writing 1 and Writing 1E are the same, except that Writing 1E offers pedagogical support for those who are acquiring English. See the current schedule to find information about instructors and modalities for Writing 1/1E.
All undergraduates are required to meet the Composition (“C”) requirement. Students who enter UCSC as frosh typically meet this requirement by taking Writing 2 prior to their seventh quarter of enrollment. Transfer students may have already met the “C” requirement before coming to UCSC.
See the list of current schedule to find information about modalities for Writing 2. Some Writing 2 courses are “themed,” and you can consider those options as well. See the list of current Writing 2 course descriptions.
Multilingual Curriculum (MLC)
The Writing Program offers two courses for undergraduates who are learning English and learning writing at the same time: Writing 25 and Writing 26. These courses provide rigorous writing experiences along with the opportunity to connect with the UCSC community. Students place into these courses through DSP.
See the current schedule to find information about instructors and modalities for Writing 25 and Writing 26.
Students place into required writing courses by completing the Writing Program’s Directed Self-Placement (DSP) process. DSP is a four-step process that results in students making an informed decision about which writing course is the best starting point for their education at UCSC. Learn about our DSP protocol on our placement website.