Graduation Writing Requirement

Update: The Graduation Writing Requirement is currently being revised. For more information, please visit Undergraduate Education.

The Division of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies is the home for the Graduation Writing Requirement.  We work with faculty around campus to build new courses and work with students who file course exception forms.  We also offer the largest number of courses for the GWR (in addition to Composition and Communication, we also offer WRD 203: Business Writing; WRD 204: Technical Writing; and WRD 205: Writing and Rhetoric: subtitle required).  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

What is it?

In order to graduate, all undergraduates must fulfill a minimum number of courses that require extensive feedback and practice in formal writing.  This Graduation Writing Requirement establishes the minimum criteria for University of Kentucky undergraduate degrees. Individual majors may have additional writing requirements. 

To complete the Graduation Writing Requirement, students must:

  • Complete the Composition and Communication Requirement
  • Attain sophomore status (30+ hours); and
  • Complete an approved course or series of courses (see list below). Note that some of these courses may only be taken by students in the major; check with your advisor to verify.

 What can I expect in an advanced GWR course?   

Faculty around campus offer advanced courses that teach you how to write for your major and/or future profession.  All of these courses

  • Are offered at the 200 level or above
  • Require at least 15 pages of writing
  • Require you to write extensively (assignments of at least 4 pages in length)
  • Require you to write formally (essay exams, 1-2 page responses, resume and cover letter exercises cannot be counted in 15-page total)
  • Require you to author most of your writing alone (5 pages of the total of 15 can be co-authored with another student or a team)
  • Require you to draft and revise your writing with the help of your instructor and/or peers

 If you think you've taken a course at another university that fulfills this requirement, fill out the Graduation Writing Requirement Course Exception Form and contact Diane Robertson (257-7002) in order to have WRD review it for you.

What courses can I take to fulfill the GWR?

The following courses currently fulfill the GWR:

  • African American Studies – AAAS 264, AAS 471
  • Agricultural Biotechnology – ABT 201 and ABT 301
  • Agricultural Education - AED/FCS 583
  • Anthropology – ANT 582
  • Architecture – ARC 314
  • Biology – BIO 350
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering – MSE 403G
  • Chemistry – CHE 572 (two semesters of CHE 572 are required)
  • Classics – CLA 331
  • Clinical Leadership and Management – CLM 595
  • Communication – COM 351
  • Communication Disorders – CD 410 and CD 482 and CD 483
  • Community and Leadership Development – CLD 250
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences – EES 490
  • EconomicsArts and Sciences – ECO 499
  • Educational Policy Studies – EPE 301
  • Electrical Engineering – EE 490
  • English (updated 3/20/13) – ENG 205, ENG 230, ENG 260, ENG 280, ENG 290
  • Engineering – EGR 201
  • Forestry – FOR 400, FOR 470
  • French – FR 470G, FR 471G
  • Gender and Womens Studies – GWS 400, GWS 599
  • Geography – GEO 499
  • German –  – GER 361, GER 495
  • History – HIS 471, HIS 490, or HIS 499
  • Honors Program – Completion of the Honors Program fulfills Graduation Writing Requirement
  • Human Nutrition – NFS/DHN 475
  • Interior Design – ID 234
  • International Studies – INT 495
  • Japan Studies – JPN 320, JPN 321, JPN 400G
  • Linguistics – LIN 517
  • Materials Engineering – MSE 403G
  • Mathematical Economics – ECO 499, MA 416, MA 417
  • Mathematics – MA 330, MA 416, MA 417
  • Medical Laboratory Science – MLS 470
  • Mining Engineering – MNG 371
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science – NRE 301
  • Nursing – NUR 854
  • Nutrition and Food Science – NFS 474/475
  • Philosophy – PHI 5** – any 500-level PHI course, except PHI 520
  • Physics – PHY 435 (B.A.), PHY 535W (B.S.)
  • Political Science – PS 4**, PS 5**
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine – VS 395
  • Psychology – PSY 496, PSY 499, PSY 500, PSY 534, PSY 535, PSY 561, PSY 562, PSY 563, PSY 564, PSY 565, PSY 566
  • Russian – RUS 499
  • Social Work – SW 470
  • Sociology – SOC 302, SOC 304, SOC 305, SOC/CLD 340
  • Spanish – SPA 310
  • Special Education – EDS 530
  • Sustainable Agriculture – SAG 201
  • Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies – WRD 203, WRD 204, WRD 205

 

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