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Core Competency Courses

The Core Competency Courses – one in mathematics and two in writing – prepare students to think abstractly and express their ideas clearly. Most students complete these courses during the first three semesters.

During the first year, all students complete a mathematics course. While Math courses numbered 110 and above satisfy the Core Competency requirement, a higher level of math may be required to satisfy the requirements of specific majors. The level of each entering student is determined by a placement exam administered during the summer and placement results are communicated at Orientation.

All RWU students take WTNG 102 and a second class at the 200 or 300 level to satisfy the University’s six-credit writing requirement. Students who would benefit from additional practice exploring the connection between college-level reading and writing, crafting sound sentences, and developing coherent essays are eligible to take WTNG 100 “Introduction to Academic Writing” prior to entering WTNG 102.

All students entering RWU for the 2017-2018 academic year must complete the online Directed Self Placement process in order to determine which WTNG class will best suit their needs. DSP is not a test, and does not require a writing sample:  it will take approximately 10 minutes. Placement materials are available here.

Contact Prof. Jennifer Campbell, coordinator of First-Year Writing, with any questions.