First-Year Writing

courses in writing

WHAT ARE THE FIRST-YEAR WRITING COURSES?

First-Year Writing course offerings are listed below.  You can check your advising transcript for your UWRT code. You are expected to complete your FYW requirements during your first year.

1) One 4-hour hybrid course: UWRT 1104 in the fall or spring of your first year. (4 credit hours) (3 hours face-to-face and 1 hour online instruction) UWRT Code: WRO4

2) One 3-hour face-to-face course: UWRT 1103 in the fall or spring of your first year. (3 credit hours) UWRT Code: WRO3

INTERNATIONAL SECTIONS OF UWRT 1104

Each semester the First-Year Writing Program offers two sections of Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts (UWRT 1104) with an International focus. The curriculum is the same as any other first-year writing class, but the class is designed specifically for multilingual students, international students, and anyone interested in how to communicate in a world of global English. The class size is smaller than a typical UWRT class, is taught by specially trained faculty, and has a writing mentor who is available for one-on-one writing sessions for any student who is interested. If you are interested in enrolling in this course, please send an email to firstyearwriting@uncc.edu.
 

uwrt placement

WHICH UWRT COURSES SHOULD I TAKE?

You can determine your placement by checking your Advising Transcript in Banner.

WR04 = UWRT 1104
WR03 = UWRT 1103 or UWRT 1104

Most students will take UWRT 1104. Some students may choose to take UWRT 1103 instead. UWRT placement is determined by high school GPA and SAT scores. The placement scores change every year so we do not have specific information regarding exact GPA or SAT scores.

NOTE: We do not override UWRT placement. If you do not have a WR03 code, then you must take UWRT 1104.
 

Transfer Credit

WHAT ABOUT AP CREDIT?

A score of  4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam will give you credit for UWRT 1103.

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 ANY credit that is equivalent to a UWRT course, you have satisfied your first-year writing requirement at UNC Charlotte. Check with your advisor to see if you are required to take LBST 2301 (Critical Thinking and Communication) as part of your General Education requirements. 

If you transfer in with 64 or more credit hours from a U.S. institution, you will be exempt from meeting the first-year writing requirement for General Education. If any of your transfer credit is from a non-U.S. institution, please contact us at firstyearwriting@uncc.edu to see about possible exemptions. 

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I WANT MY TRANSFER CREDIT EVALUATED?

Contact First-Year Writing at firstyearwriting@uncc.edu.
 

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FAQ

WHAT IF I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OR MY FIRST LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH?

Each semester the First-Year Writing Program offers two sections of Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts (UWRT 1104) with an International focus. For more information, visit our International Sections of 1104 page.

WHAT TO DO IF...

I have a personal issue that is keeping me from attending class

Many times students encounter problems in their personal lives that keep them from being able to attend class. Sometimes such problems are short-term and involve missing just one or two classes but other times they may result in excessive absences. Whatever the case, your first move should always be to discuss your absences with your instructor. You do not have to divulge private information to your instructor. It should be enough to say that you have a personal issue that is keeping your from attending class. Ask your instructor if you may complete late or missed work and stay caught up on writing assignments. We also recommend that you notify the Dean of Students Office who can determine whether your situation meets their requirements for sending a note to all of your instructors, asking them to consider working with you during this time. You should know, though, that ultimately it is up to the discretion of each instructor as to whether or not s/he will honor such requests from the Dean’s Office.

You may also want to seek help at the Counseling Center, where you may meet confidentially with counselors who may be able to provide the help that you need.

I want to do a grade replacement

The process for Grade Replacement has recently been updated; you can now do it online.  More information about this new process, including an online instructional video and a link to add/drop dates, can be found on the Registrar's webpage for the Grade Replacement Policy. Note: An Academic Petition to apply the grade replacement policy to a class taken prior to Fall 2007 will not be approved. There are no exceptions to the details of the policy as outlined in the undergraduate catalog.

I have a complaint about my instructor

First, talk to your instructor to try to resolve the issue. Sometimes problems may be solved by simply talking about them. If you find yourself unable to reach an acceptable solution, however, then you should email Dr. Joan Mullin, Executive Director of First-Year Writing, at jmulli40@uncc.edu. She is available to mediate a conversation with you and your instructor, if necessary.

I want to contest a grade

First, meet in person with your instructor and ask him or her to explain how your grade was determined.  Such discussions must occur in person because it is a violation of your privacy to discuss grades over email.  If you have done that and still believe that you have been unfairly graded, then you should formally contest the grade.

The full grade appeal policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog's Degree Requirements and Academic Policies