FAQ about ENWR


What is ENWR?
What requirement does ENWR fulfill?
How do students place into and out of ENWR?
How do students find out about ENWR themes?


What is ENWR?

ENWR or English/Writing are the set of courses which help prepare students to write effectively both here at UVA and beyond. ENWR 105/106, 110, 210, 220 and 380 focus on academic and professional writing, and we run roughly 40 sections per semester. Over 3,000 students each year take an ENWR class--most of those take ENWR 110. Typically students should take either 105/106 or 110 in their first year at UVA. Nearly 2,000 students complete ENWR 105/106 or 110 each year. Hopefully, students continue to improve their writing skills throughout their four years in such courses as 210, 220 and 380 which are more advanced writing classes.

To find out more about our stated outcomes for ENWR 110 (and 105/106) please click here.

ENWR 105 - Academic Writing I
Part I of the two-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement. Covers finding and developing topics, building academic arguments, and organizing essays and reports. Graded A, B, C, or NC. Includes a tutorial at the Writing Center. Followed by ENWR 106.

ENWR 106 - Academic Writing II (Prerequisite: ENWR 105)
Part II of the two-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement. Covers elements of audience analysis, cohesion, focus, and style. Graded A, B, C, or NC. Includes a tutorial at the Writing Center. Fulfills the

ENWR 110 - Accelerated Academic Writing

The single-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement. Covers framing and developing effective academic arguments, with an emphasis on essays and reports. Graded A, B, C, or NC. Special topics sections are listed on the English department's Web site. Students whose social security numbers end in an even digit must take ENWR 110 in the fall; those with social security numbers ending in an odd digit take it in

ENWR 210 - Advanced Academic Writing

A faster-paced single-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement. Covers framing and developing effective academic arguments, with an emphasis on essays and reports. With a faster pace, there is more time to cover variations from the prototypes and paragraph- and sentence-level coherence and cohesion. Graded A, B, C, or NC. Special topics sections are listed on the English department's Web site. Students whose social security numbers end in an even digit must take ENWR 210 in the fall; those with social security numbers ending in an odd digit take it in the spring.

ENWR 220 - Topics in Academic and Professional Writing
(Prerequisite: Completion of first writing requirement)
Includes courses on writing studies, corporate communications, and digital writing.

ENWR 380 - Academic and Professional Writing
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least one 300-level course in the student's major)
Prepares students for professional or advanced academic writing; also prepares students to manage (assign, edit, supervise, and coach) the writing of others. Lectures present general principles of effective writing based on the latest research in writing studies; seminars allow students to master those principles in the context of projects keyed to their specific interests, background, and career plans.

What requirement does ENWR fulfill? (from the Undergraduate Record)

First Writing Requirement (3 credits, or exemption)
Students must meet this requirement during the first year and may do so by completing the ENWR 105/106 sequence, by passing ENWR 110 or 210, or by exemption. A grade of NC in ENWR 105, 106, 110 or 210 indicates that the course must be repeated until passed. Students may earn exemption by scoring 4 or 5 on the English Advanced Placement Test, scoring at least 720 on the SAT II Writing Test taken before May 1998, scoring at least 710 during or after May 1998, or by submitting a portfolio of strong-argued academic papers to the writing program office.

Second Writing Requirement (typically a 3-credit course)
NOTE: ENWR 220 & 380 meet this requirement.
Students must complete an additional course, in any department in the College, whose written work in English meets the criteria for this requirement. The course may carry one or more credits. There are no exceptions to the second writing requirement. Courses elected under this heading may also be counted toward completion of other segments of the area requirements, as well as toward a major or minor. A course offered for the second writing requirement must carry a grade of C- or better and must be taken in the College. All students must satisfy this requirement at the University of Virginia by the end of the sixth semester, with the necessary form filed by the same deadline in the dean's office.

How do students place into and out of ENWR?

Meeting the First Writing Requirement (from the English Department's website)

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences typically meet the first writing requirement by taking either ENWR 105 and 106, or ENWR 110 or 210. These courses also commonly serve students in the Architecture and Nursing schools. Although instructors (especially in ENWR 105/106) will offer guidance on questions of mechanical correctness where needed, students are assumed to be competent (if not accomplished) in the basics of English grammar before entering UVa. Instead of offering grammar drills, these courses help students to identify and to frame academic questions, to support and extend conceptual arguments, and to develop a range of prose styles.

Students must meet the first writing requirement during the first year. Students may meet this requirement by successfully completing the ENWR 105/106 sequence, by earning a grade of C- or better in ENWR 110 or 210, or by exemption.

Students may earn exemption in three ways:

1. Single-measure exemption. Students are automatically exempt from the first writing requirement if at least one of the following statements is true. They:

* are part of the Echols scholar program
* scored 720 or above on the SAT II writing exam
* scored a 5 on the AP English language subject test

2. Composite exemption. Students are automatically exempt from the first writing requirement if at least one of the following three statements is true. They:

* scored 680 or above on the SAT II writing exam, AND scored a 5 or above on the IB (higher A 1) exam.
* scored 680 or above on the SAT II writing exam, AND scored a 4 (or above) on the AP English language subject test.
* scored 700 or above on the SAT II writing exam, AND scored a 4 or above on the AP English literature subject test.

3. Portfolio exemption. If they are not automatically exempt, they may be able to earn an exemption from the first writing requirement through portfolio review. Students are good candidates for portfolio review if any of the following is true. They:

* have experience writing *argument* papers at the college level
* scored 670 or above on the SAT II Writing test
* scored a 4 or 5 on the AP English literature subject test
* scored a 4 on the AP English language subject test
* scored a 5 or above on the IB (higher A1) exam

Students with questions or concerns about their ENWR placement should see Jon D'Errico or the director of first-year writing in the Writing Program office (Bryan 322B).

How do students find out about ENWR themes?

Themes for ENWR courses are listed on the COD.