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Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition: Introductory Program

General Introduction

WRT 104, WRT 105 and WRT 205 are all entry points into introductory writing at Syracuse University. Introductory writing courses at Syracuse University are taught within the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, which also includes a Writing and Rhetoric Major, a Minor in Writing, and a graduate program in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric.


The majority of undergraduate students at Syracuse are required to complete both WRT 105 and WRT 205 as part of the Liberal Skills Requirement of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Nearly all students take WRT 105 in the Fall semester of their freshman year and WRT 205 in the Spring semester of their sophomore year. Questions regarding AP, IB or transfer credit should be directed to the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office.


WRT 104 is primarily offered in the summer and provides students with additional practice in writing and reading in preparation for WRT 105. WRT 104 is an elective for which students receive three hours of general credit, but it does not satisfy part of the Liberal Arts Skills requirement.


Introductory writing courses at Syracuse are intended to serve as entry into the writing that students will do at the university and beyond. They are designed to provide general instruction in writing practices and rhetorical knowledge that will be transferable to the varied writing situations and tasks students will encounter beyond these courses as students, professionals and active citizens. These introductory courses are envisioned within a vertical writing education that includes the writing that students will perform in other classes and settings across the university curriculum. With these courses and continued support and opportunities to write throughout their time at the university, students’ understandings of writing and applied skills, including their ability to write effectively across varied disciplinary, professional and other social situations, will become more developed and sophisticated. The Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition encourages students to visit the Writing Center for additional support throughout their time at the university.

General Principles of the Introductory Curriculum

Course Descriptions and Learning Outcomes