Qualifying courses

All students who have been admitted to the university may register in the first-year English course of their choice. The English department offers four courses that satisfy the AWR.

  • ENGL 135 Academic Reading and Writing (1.5 units).
  • ENGL 146 Introduction to Literary Genres, Themes and Styles (1.5 units).
  • ENGL 147 Great moments in English Literature (1.5 units).
  • ENGR 110 Design and Communication I (2.5 units), for Engineering students only.

To increase their proficiency, students may also benefit from registering in the following preparatory course(s) prior to receiving credit for an AWR-designated course. Note that this does not satisfy the Academic Writing Requirement:

  • ENGL 101 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (1.5 units).

Which course is right for you?

The course that’s right for you depends on your academic goals and needs. If you’re interested in studying literature, you will want to look at ENGL 146 and ENGL 147 (both of which fulfill the academic writing requirement (AWR)).  If you’re interested in analyzing academic language, you will want to look at ENGL 135 (which also fulfills the AWR).  And if you think you need review, consider ENGL 101. 

If your program requires 3.0 credits of English, you would normally take any two of the courses that fulfill the Academic Writing Requirement; please check with your own department as to its specific program requirements.  If you are unsure which course you may need, you can start by taking the University's voluntary self-placement questionnaire for first-year writing classes.

You may also see our first-year courses on the Academic calendar