Wheaton’s Writing Requirement (WR), English 101, introduces students to critical thinking and academic writing at the college level. The sections vary in topic, but all sections require frequent writing assignments and include class discussions of writing techniques and student work. Conferences with the course instructor are regularly scheduled.
As a first-year student, you are expected to complete a section of English 101 during your first two semesters. English 101 course titles and descriptions are available on our course finder page.
Advanced Placement (AP) English
A score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Language or Literature exam will satisfy the Writing Requirement. However, the English Department strongly suggests that you take one or more courses in the department at the 200 level. You are eligible to enroll in and receive credit for English 101 if you desire.
A score of 5, 6 or 7 on Higher-Level International Baccalaureate exams will satisfy the Writing Requirement. However, the English Department strongly suggests that you take one or more courses in the department at the 200 level. You are eligible to enroll in and receive credit for English 101 if you desire.
Students who have already fulfilled their English 101 requirement through AP or IB exams should consider taking an additional expository writing course. Courses are offered in literary journalism, professional and technical writing, and Rhetoric and Advanced Composition.
For more information on AP and IB credit, please see alternative sources of credit.
Students in Need of Written Language Development
A small number of Wheaton students may need more than the instruction provided in English 101 to develop their written language skills. These students will be contacted by the English Department and will be advised to register for English 010, a one-semester, half-credit writing development course. English 010 may be taken either before or at the same time as English 101.
Students for Whom English is a Second Language
Students for whom English is a second language are placed in first-year writing courses based on a review of their admission folders and test scores. Generally, students who score below 580 (paper version), below 237 (computer version), or below 90 (internet version), on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required to take one semester of a specific English 101 section and two semesters of English 060, Writing for the Multilingual Student.
Two semesters of English 060 and one semester of English 101 will fulfill both the foreign language and the first-year writing requirements, provided that the students are placed in English 060 and that they complete both semesters of English 060 by the end of their sophomore year.
Students for whom English is a second language but who have not been placed into an English 060/English 101 combination may elect to take English 060 in order to improve their second-language skills. However, in that case, the combination will not satisfy the foreign language requirement.