Student FAQs

What are the First-Year Writing Courses?

There are three possibilities for completing your General Education first-year writing requirements. Your advisor will tell you which courses are right for you. You are expected to complete your FYW requirements during your first year.

 

1) Two 3-hour face-to-face courses:

UWRT 1101 in the fall of your first year (3 credit hours)

UWRT 1102 in the spring of your first year (3 credit hours)

 

2) One 4-hour hybrid course:

UWRT 1104 in the fall or spring of your first year, depending on your declared major (4 credit hours)

(3 hours face-to-face  and 1 hour online instruction)

 

3) One 3-hour face-to-face course:

UWRT 1103 in the fall or spring of your first year, depending on your declared major  (3 credit hours)

 

Which UWRT courses should I take?

The first-year writing curriculum is designed to meet a variety of student needs, and one course is no better or harder than the other. They are just different. All courses have the same learning outcomes and our entire faculty teach combinations of all the courses offered.

UWRT placement is determined by high school performance, SAT and ACT scores.  Your advisor will tell you which course is right for you.

What if I am an International Student or my first language is not English?

The First-Year Writing program provides an opportunity for International students to attend an orientation session about First-Year Writing the Wednesday before the beginning of each semester. During this session students learn about the program, talk with select instructors, and complete a modified form of directed self placement.  Contact Jan Rieman for more information (jerieman@uncc.edu).

What about AP credit?

A score of  4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam will give you credit for UWRT 1101. With that UWRT 1101 credit, you would still need to take UWRT 1102 to complete your General Education first-year writing requirement.

What if I’m a transfer student with UWRT credit?

Your transcript on Banner will show what credits you’ve received from previous institutions. Transfer students have the same first-year writing requirements as new freshmen. If you transfer in credit for UWRT 1101, you will need to take UWRT 1102 at UNC Charlotte. If you transfer in with UWRT 1102 credit, you will need to have that credit evaluated by the first-year writing program and be advised about what to take next. If you transfer in with 64 hours or more credit hours from a U.S. institution, you will be exempt from meeting the first-year writing requirement for General Education. Please check with your advisor about your transfer credits, but always feel free to write and ask us questions about your transfer writing credits.   

Who do I contact if I want my transfer credit evaluated?

Contact the Associate Director of First-Year Writing, Dr. Jan Rieman (jerieman@uncc.edu).