First-Year Writing


Which first-year writing course should I take?

  • If you took the ACT and scored:
    • 15 or below on the English portion, enroll in 1004 or 0102
    • 16 or above on the English portion , enroll in 110-150
    • 28 or above on the English portion, enroll in honors.
  • If you took the SAT and received a verbal score of:
    • 390 or below, enroll in 1004 or 0102
    • 391 or above, enroll in 110-150
    • 560 or above enroll in honors.

I took the AP English exam. Can I get credit?

  • A score of 3 on Language and Composition OR Literature and Composition will waive WRA 110-150, but you will not receive any credit.
  • A score of 4-5 on Language and Composition OR Literature and Composition will waive WRA 110-150, and you will receive 4 credits.
  • A score of 4 on Language and Composition AND Literature and Composition will waive WRA 110-150 and ENG gcu, and you will receive 7 credits.
  • A score of 5 on Language AND Literature will waive WRA 110-150 and ENG 210, and you will receive 8 credits.
  • A score of 4 for Literature OR Language AND Score of 5 for Literature OR Language will waive WRA 110-150 and ENG 210, and you will receive 8 credits.

How many credits do I receive for PCW classes?

  • PCW 1004 is 3 credits.
  • PCW 0102 is 0 credits.  When you register for PCW 1004, you are automatically enrolled in PCW 0102; this “lab” part of the course provides opportunity for you to practice the writing skills you learn in PCW 1004.   Students pay for one hour for this two-hour lab class.
  • There are 5 class hours to attend, 4 credit hours to pay for, and 3 credit hours counted toward graduation.

Who should take the placement exam?

  • Students who have been placed in WRA 1004/102 Preparation for College Writing for an upcoming semester, and feel there is a reason (such as extra language practice or learning) why they might be eligible to take a First-Year Writing course (WRA 110-150) instead.

When is the placement test offered?

  • The placement exam is offered twice in the summer immediately before the school year begins and once in the fall and spring semesters.
  • The 2014-2015 dates are:
    • Aug 23. 2014, 10-12, Bessey 108
    • Aug 25, 2014, 1-3, Bessey 108

If I place in an 100-level WRA course, do I need to enroll in WRA 1004?

  • No. If you place into an 100-level WRA course, you are exempt from taking WRA 1004.

If I place in an 100-level WRA course, can I enroll in WRA 1004?

  • No. You should enroll in only one WRA course.

I thought I’d completed my first-year writing requirement at another institution, but my writing class (or classes) transferred in only as UGC (University General Credit), and now I’m told I still need to take First-Year writing at MSU.  Why?

  • The writing course (or courses) you took were evaluated as not delivering sufficient credit to fulfill our first-year writing experience, or they were assessed as not alignment with the learning objectives of our First-Year Writing course (WRA).

Who do I contact if I want my transfer credits reevaluated?

  • Contact the Director of First-Year Writing, Dr. Julie Lindquist.

What is the theme of each WRA course?

  • 110 Writing: Science and Technology
  • 115 Writing: Law and Justice in the United States
  • 125 Writing: The American Ethnic and Racial Experience
  • 130 Writing: American Radical Thought
  • 135 Writing: Public Life in America (a course with a service-learning requirement)
  • 140 Writing: Women in America
  • 145 Writing: Men in America
  • 150 Writing: The Evolution of American Thought
  • 195H Writing: Major Topics in American Thought

How do I enroll in a full class?

  • The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures does not permit class sizes over 24 students for WRA 1004 or 27 students for WRA 100-level courses, regardless of the classroom size or any other circumstances. Your professor does not have the ability to “override” this cap. There are no exceptions.

If I am taking an ESL course, may I also enroll in WRA?

  • No, your ESL course must be completed prior to enrollment in WRA.  The university’s tracking code system will keep you from enrolling in both ESL and WRA at the same time.

Who do I contact if I have an issue with my professor?

  • All issues should first be addressed with your professor. If an issue cannot be resolved by working with your professor, contact the First-Year Writing Program administrator, Dr. Julie Lindquist.

I need to meet with a writing professor or the writing program administrator. How do I schedule an appointment?

  • All faculty keep their own schedule, so contact them directly to schedule an appointment. Contact information is available on the WRAC website: http://wrac.msu.edu/