Placement Information

Placement Information

Rhetoric & Writing Placement Information

All undergraduate students must complete the Compass Curriculum core writing requirements for graduation. This page will help you know which courses you need to take. You can also talk with your Academic Advisor for help choosing your courses.

First Core Writing Requirement

UCCS students choose among three options for their first writing course. Any of the options will fulfill the first core writing requirement for your degree:

  • ENGL 1310
  • ENGL 1308
  • ENGL 1300 & 1305

The courses offer differing amounts of built-in support and move at different paces. First, we encourage you to watch the following video that describes your course options.

Second Core Writing Requirement

The second core writing course you should take depends on your major.

ENGL 1410
  • College of Letters, Arts & Sciences*
  • College of Education
  • School of Public Affairs
  • Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences*
TCID 2080 College of Business
TCID 2090 College of Engineering & Applied Science
INOV 210 Bachelor of Innovation Student

*Most Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences and All College of Letters, Arts & Sciences students except Technical Communication and Information Design majors take ENGL 1410. Students should check their degree plan or speak to an academic advisor for more information.

Course Enrollment Details

To enroll in a course, a student must meet at least one of the criteria listed:

ENGL 1410
  • Have successfully passed ENGL 1305, 1308, or 1310
  • Have an SAT Reading & Writing score of 700 or above
  • Have an ACT English score of 29 or above
  • Have earned equivalent 1310 credit through:
    • Transferring to a course equivalent to ENGL 1310 with a C- or better
    • A score of 3 on the AP English Language and Composition exam or the AP English Literature and Composition exam.
    • A score of 4 or above on the IB English Literature HL exam or the English Language & Literature HL or SL exams
    • A score of 50 and “pass” on the CLEP College Composition With Modular Essay exam. Contact for more information.
TCID 2080
  • Have successfully passed:
    • ENGL 1310 or earned equivalent credit or
    • ENGL 1410
TCID 2090
  • Have successfully passed:

    • ENGL 1310 or earned equivalent credit or
    • ENGL 1410
INOV 2100
  • Have successfully passed:
    • ENTP 1000
    • INOV 1010

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