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English General Education Requirements

First-Year Writing Requirement

First-Year Writing equips students to grow as writers in the Wheaton College classroom and beyond. The course is designed to prepare students to write effectively in a variety of contexts and to improve student learning and performance in many other areas of their undergraduate education. Since the course introduces students to ideas and practices that are central to a liberal arts education, students should fulfill this requirement during the freshman year. Students are also strongly encouraged to take additional writing courses beyond the general education requirement. Successful completion of the requirement is a prerequisite for enrollment in any upper division writing course.

Meeting the Writing Requirement

You may satisfy the writing requirement by…

  1. Taking ENGW 103: First-Year Writing (4 hours) at Wheaton College and earning a grade of C or higher.
  2. Scoring a 4 or 5 on the LANGUAGE/Composition Advanced Placement exam.
  3. Scoring a 32 or higher on the ELA result (an average of your English, Reading, and Writing scores) of the ACT exam.
  4. Scoring a minimum of 6 on each category (reading, analysis, and writing) of the SAT essay exam.