WAC FAQ's

A list of commonly asked questions about writing requirements at York.

Questions List

  1. What are the writing requirements at York College?
  2. Don't English 125 and Writing 301, 302, or 303 count as Writing Intensive (WI) courses?
  3. If I enrolled at York College before 2003, how many Writing Intensive (WI) courses do I need for graduation?
  4. I transferred into York from another school. What are my writing requirements?

Questions & Answers


What are the writing requirements at York College?

PDF of Writing Requirements Guide

York College students are required to complete (pass)English 125, three Writing Intensive (WI) courses, and Writing 301, 302, or 303.

  • English 125: Introduction to College Writing

Foundational writing course: basic research, reading, and writing for college students.

  • Writing 300-level

These are junior level courses, where you will research and write a paper on a topic related to your major. You may choose Writing 301, 302, or 303 depending on what your major is.

Writing Intensive (WI)

Completing two WI courses at the 100 or 200 level and one WI course in your major at the 300 or 400 level is a graduation requirement at York College

Students are strongly encouraged to complete lower-level WI courses by the end of their Sophomore year and as soon as they complete English 125.

All WI courses use writing as a tool for thinking and learning; all require revision as a way of improving critical thinking. You should expect to complete 10-12 pages of formal writing. The list of WI courses varies from semester to semester and is published in each semester’s Schedule of Classes and is also available here. Completion of WI courses is noted on your transcript.

For more information on WI courses talk to your faculty advisor or contact WAC Coordinator Jonathan Hall.

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Don't English 125 and Writing 301, 302, or 303 count as Writing Intensive (WI) courses?

No. While English 125 and the Writing courses (301, 302, and 303) are writing courses, they are distinct from Writing Intensive (WI) courses at the College. They are skills-based courses designed to teach you the writing and research skills that will help you succeed in your Writing Intensive courses. Writing Intensive courses are content-based courses that also require writing.

While there are some exceptions, most students must complete three (3) Writing Intensive courses in addition to English 125 and Writing 301, 302, or 303. For more information on Writing Intensive courses, review other relevant FAQs or visit the WAC Terminology page.

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If I enrolled at York College before 2003, how many Writing Intensive (WI) courses do I need for graduation?

While almost all York students must complete three (3) WI courses, your requirements depend on when you began studies at York and whether you transferred into the College from another school. Please read the following guidelines very carefully.You should also consult with your academic advisor or with WAC Coordinator Jonathan Hall at jhall1@york.cuny.edu regarding your particular graduation requirements.

  • In 2001, the York College Senate passed a requirement that students must complete three (3) WI courses. Two WI courses should come in the lower division of the curriculum (at the 100 or 200 level). The third WI course should be taken in the upper division of the curriculum (at the 300 level or above) within your major.

  • If you entered the College in Fall 2003 (or subsequently) you must fulfill the entire WI graduation requirement, that is, three WI courses.

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

  • If you transferred into the College with credit for all General Education requirements, you need only take one WI course in the upper division within your major. If your major has no upper-division WI course, you must take a WI course chosen in consultation with your major advisor.

  • If you transferred into the College without credit for all General Education requirements, then your WI requirements are determined by the year in which you transferred. (See the second and third points above.)

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I transferred into York from another school. What are my writing requirements?

Your particular writing requirements depend on your transfer credits. Please read the following guidelines very carefully.You should also consult with your academic advisor regarding your particular graduation requirements.

  • York College students are required to complete (pass) English 125, three Writing Intensive (WI) courses, and Writing 301, 302, or 303.

  • If you transferred into York College with an Associate's degree, or with credit for all General Education requirements, you are exempted from completing English 125 and two of your WI courses. You must still complete Writing 301, 302, or 303, and one WI course in the upper division within your major. If your major has no upper-division WI course, you must take a WI course chosen in consultation with your major advisor.

  • If you transferred into York College with credit for English 125 and some (but not all) General Education requirements, you must complete three (3) WI courses and Writing 301, 302, or 303.

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