Writing Requirements

York College has a “spiral” writing curriculum, in which students are required to take at least five courses that include not only significant amounts of writing, but also specific instruction in the writing process.

The Spiral Writing Curriculum: Advice for Students

Pathways

If you begin studying at a CUNY college in or after Fall 2013, in order to graduate, you are required to complete the followingYork General Education requirements :

  • ENG 125 Composition I: Introduction to College Writing. Must be taken by the 45th credit, or by the 3rd semester.
  • ENG 126 Composition II: Writing Through Literature. Must be taken by the 45th credit, or by the 3rd semester.
  • Two lower-level courses designated as Writing Intensive (WI)—see below. Should be taken as soon as possible after passing ENG 125 and/or ENG 126, which is a prerequisite for all lower-level WI courses: both should be completed by end of sophomore year.
  • One upper division writing intensive course (at the 300 level or above) within the major.
  • Transfer students who enter with the Common and Flexible Core requirements fulfilled can consider taking WRIT 301, 302 or 303 to fulfill part of their College Option. It may also be required by some majors, and be a prerequisite for some major courses.

Students should meet with an academic advisor to plan their academic program to ensure that they are taking courses in the order described, and that they will meet these requirements by graduation.

Pre-Pathways

If you are a continuing student who entered before Fall 2013, you will be able to choose whether you remain with your existing requirements or change to Pathways. In order to graduate, students who choose to remain with their existing requirements must complete:

  • ENG 125 Introduction to College Writing. Normally taken in first semester of enrollment.
  • Two lower-level courses designated as Writing Intensive (WI)—see below. Should be taken as soon as possible after passing ENG 125, which is a prerequisite for all lower-level WI courses: both should be completed by end of sophomore year.
  • WRIT 301, 302, or 303—see below. Normally taken during the junior year (as soon as possible after reaching 60 credits). Transfer students who enter with the General Education requirements fulfilled should take it right away.
  • One upper division writing intensive course (at the 300 level or above) within the major. All such courses carry WRIT 301, 302, or 303 as a prerequisite.

Students should plan their academic program to ensure that they are taking courses in the order described, and that they will meet these requirements by graduation.

ENG 125: Introduction to College Writing and Eng 126: Writing About Literature

ENG 125 and 126 are first-year composition courses required of all entering students. For more information see the description under the English Department courses, or consult the English Department Website.

Writing Intensive Courses

Students who entered the College (or were readmitted*) in Fall 2001 or later must meet the Writing Intensive course requirement passed by the York College Senate by taking three Writing Intensive-designated (WI) courses. Writing intensive courses are content courses in a specific discipline which require significant amounts of writing, and also focus on the genres and the writing process appropriate to the subject, including opportunities for revision.

Students must complete:

  • two WI courses in the lower division of the curriculum (at the 100 or 200 level), and
  • one WI course in the upper division of the curriculum (at the 300 level or above) within the major.
  • Each semester, WI sections are indicated in Schedule of Classes, and a list is posted on the Writing Across the Curriculum Program Website

    On a student’s transcript, completed WI courses are indicated by W or WI to the left of the grade. If you have questions about Writing Intensive requirements, including substitutions and waivers, please contact the English Department in AC-2A16, or on 718/262-2470. Specific questions can be addressed to Professor Jonathan Hall, WAC Coordinator, at jhall1@york.cuny.edu. Students seeking waivers for WI course requirements should first contact the department which houses their major before coming to the English Department.

    Writing 301, 302, or 303

    These are junior-level academic research and writing courses that help students transition from lower-division coursework to the more discipline-specific and independent work that characterizes inquiry in the upper-division in the majors.

    All students who entered York College before Fall 2013, and who have not opted in to the Pathways General Education curriculum, should complete Writing 301, 302, or 303 (Writing 300) after the 60th credit. Placement at the 60th credit makes it possible for Writing 300 to build on first-year writing and writing intensive lower-division coursework. Students who have opted in to Pathways should consider taking Writing 300 to fulfill part of their College Option; several majors require this course, and it is a prerequisite to some other courses.

    For more information on these courses, see http://www.york.cuny.edu/academics/writing-program

    Information for Transfer students:

    Except for second-degree students, all students admitted between Fall 1996 and Fall 2013 must take Writing 301, 302, or 303. All students admitted in Fall 2013 or later may take Writing 301, 302 or 303 to fulfill part of the Pathways College Option. This course is also required by some majors.

    Transfer students who enter with the General Education Requirements fulfilled must take one WI course in the upper division within the major. If their major has no upper-division WI course, they must take one WI course (outside their major) chosen in consultation with their major advisor. The Writing Intensive Advisory Committee, as part of its charge from the York College Senate, will make case-by-case determinations of the requirement only for students who present special circumstances that make it impossible for them to meet these guidelines.

    Information for students who entered as freshmen 2001-2003

    All students who entered the College as freshmen between Fall 2001 and Spring 2003 are required to take two (not three) WI courses for graduation. If the major discipline has defined an upper-division WI course that must be one of the two WI courses taken for graduation. If the major discipline has not yet defined an upper-division WI course, one of the two courses must be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

    If you are trying to get into a section of Writing 301, 302, or 303 and need special permission, please contact  Ms. CadyAnn Parris-David, on 718-262-2470, or in AC-2A16. They will refer your case to the Writing 300 Coordinator, as appropriate.

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