College of Communication & Creative Arts - Writing Arts
Courses and Placement
Rowan students are required to complete two composition courses to fulfill their general education requirements. Our program offers four composition courses, including those that satisfy this requirement and two developmental courses for students who need foundational support to succeed as writers. We place students into appropriate courses based on the SAT writing score, the ACT combined English/Writing, a sufficient score on the AP English exam, or by administering a departmental placement essay exam. These measures ensure that we can appropriately prepare students for the courses’ expectations and that they receive the support they need to be successful in their academic careers.
SAT WRITING SCORES PLACEMENT
College Composition I: 530 or above
Intensive College Composition I: 460 – 520
Foundations for College Writing: 450 or below
ACT COMBINED ENGLISH WRITING SCORES
College Composition I: 23 or above
Intensive College Composition I: 20, 21, 22
Foundations for College Writing: 19 or below
These scores reflect past students’ outcomes based on historical scores and performance in our courses. Although a writing sample produced in a restricted testing situation is only a “snapshot” of student writing skills, these scores have proven reliable predictors of student preparedness for our courses.
We emphasize test scores in placing students in our courses, but our program recognizes that test scores do not necessarily represent a students’ writing ability and that personal factors can affect test scores. Students who feel their placement score underrepresents their writing ability can ask to have their placement re-evaluated through our program placement essay.
For this essay exam students respond to one of two department created prompts. Students have an hour to write the essay, and we evaluate the essay using department-developed criteria that reflects the expectations of our courses.
Contact the Coordinator of the First-Year Program for more information about this exam or to schedule an exam. Our department office is 205 Hawthorn Hall, which is where the test is taken.
No SAT/ACT Scores?
Students entering the university without SAT or ACT test scores will need to take the First-Year Writing Program’s in-house placement exam before they can register for the first of the two required composition courses. For this essay exam students respond to one of two department- created prompts. Students have an hour to write the essay, and it is then evaluated using department-developed criteria that reflect course expectations.
Contact the Coordinator of the First-Year program to schedule the exam or to get more information. Our department office is 205 Hawthorn Hall which is where the test is taken.
Transfer students with 30 credits or more are exempted by University policy from basic skills requirements. However, transfer students with 30 or more credits who don’t have credit for College Composition I are still required to take the First-Year Writing Program placement exam. This exam determines whether students are placed in Intensive College Composition I or College Composition I, both of which fulfill the first of two General Education writing course requirements.
Students with a score of 4 or higher on the Advanced Placement English/Composition exam can receive credit for College Composition I (Comp 01111) and move directly into College Composition II (Comp 01112). AP exam results must be submitted to the Registrar’s office.
Comp 01101 Pre-College Writing (Developmental)
Pre-College Writing is a preparatory, pass/fail, writing course that introduces students to college-level writing practices. The First-Year Writing program developed the course to support the university Educational Opportunity Fund summer institute. It is an abbreviated version of Foundations for College Writing, and course credits do not count towards graduation. Students who are successful in this course move on to either Foundations of College Writing (Comp 01103) or Intensive College Composition I (Comp 01105) based on the recommendation of the instructor.
SAT Verbal: 450 or below
ACT Combined English/Writing: 19 or below
Comp 01103 Foundations for College Writing (Developmental)
Foundations for College Writing introduces students to college-level writing and to composing practices that emphasize multi-stage writing through multiple modes of composition and reflection. It provides an intensive focus in grammar and mechanics within the context of students' writing, and it guides students to produce focused and coherent writing. Students successful in this course move to Intensive College Composition I (Comp 01105). This is a pass/fail course, and the three credit hours do not count towards graduation.
SAT Verbal: 450 or below
ACT Combined English/Writing: 19 or below
Comp 01105 Intensive College Composition I
Intensive College Composition I is a four-credit course that provides students additional time and support to develop the same writing competency required of College Composition I. It is an equivalent of College Composition I and fulfills the first of the two-course general education requirement. Students successful in this course move on to College Composition II (Comp 01112).
Each semester, we designate some sections of Intensive College Composition I as Studio Courses. These sections meet one regular class meeting a week in small-group tutoring sessions with a designated Writing Center tutor.
SAT Verbal: 460 – 520
ACT Combined English/Writing: 20, 21, 22
Comp 01111 College Composition I
College Composition I introduces students to a variety of writing forms and emphasizes writing as a recursive process of exploring, researching, drafting and revising. Students produce purposeful, literate, well-developed, and informed writing that requires critical reading, thinking, and writing activities. The course also emphasizes responsible evaluation and use of information. This course fulfills the first of the two-course general education requirements, and students who are successful in this course move on to College Composition II (Comp 01112).
SAT Verbal: 530 or above
ACT Combined English/Writing: 23 or above
AP CREDIT: Students who score a 4 or 5 on the AP English/Composition exam receive credit for this course and meet the prerequisite for College Composition II (Comp 01112).
Comp 01112 College Composition II (CCII) (Prerequisite Comp 01105 or Comp 01111)
College Composition II builds on the concepts and approaches in College Composition I or Intensive College Composition I (prerequisites for CCII). It emphasizes argumentation and information literacy. The course introduces students to argumentative strategies, asks them to identify and analyze forms of argumentation, and requires them to write a variety of well-researched and ethically responsible arguments. Students work to become independent researchers who can find relevant information from a variety of sources (both academic and non-academic, traditional text and digital) and evaluate and present that information to an academic audience. This course fulfills the second of the two-course general education requirement.