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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.

Students who submit SAT scores at 580 or above will be placed in WTNG 102 in the fall or spring semester of their first year. Students who submit SAT scores of 510 or below will be placed in WTNG 100 in the fall semester of their first year. Students with SAT scores between 520 and 570 need to complete the Directed Self Placement process to select the course best suited to their needs. Students who did not submit SAT scores also need to complete the Directed Self Placement.