First-Year Courses

First-Year Courses

Writing courses taken during the first year offer students instruction and practice to create a foundation for writing at St. Olaf. All students complete First-Year Writing (FYW) as part of their general education. 

Students may complete FYW by taking Writing 111: First-Year Writing during the fall or spring semester of their first year. Writing 111 seminars focus on a variety of topics through intensive critical reading and writing practice. Each semester, course topics are available through Writing  in the Class and Lab. 

A two-semester sequence serves students who need additional preparation and practice to complete First-Year Writing. This sequence includes Writing 107: Introduction to Academic Writing or Writing 110: Critical Skills in Composition during the fall of their first year to prepare for Writing 111 during the spring semester. 

Students may also fulfill First-Year Writing by successfully completing designated courses in American Conversations, Environmental Conversations, or The Great Conversation, or through transfer credit. 

WRIT 107: Introduction to Academic Writing

This course guides multilingual international students through the conventions of U.S. academic culture and discourse with emphasis on liberal arts education. Students practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening to develop skills and confidence in college writing. The course also includes extensive discussion of academic integrity and responsible use of information. Students must pass the course with a grade of C or higher in order to enroll in WRIT 111. Offered in Fall semester. Learn more about Writing 107 through this video.

WRIT 108: Writing Studio (0.25)

Writing Studio emphasizes process and practice as students reflect on their emerging identities as thinkers, readers, and writers. The course is ideal for students seeking ongoing support in their personal and academic transition to the rigor of college-level academics by providing guidance in areas such as course attendance and engagement, completion of assignments, and reading, writing, and speaking development. Offered annually in the spring semester.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

WRIT 110: Critical Skills in Composition

This course emphasizes critical reading, the writing process, and revision. Students write frequently, respond to one another’s writing, and meet often with course faculty in conferences. WRIT 110 is required of students who place into it; it may not be substituted for WRIT 111. Students must pass the course with a grade of C or higher in order to enroll in WRIT 111. Offered in the fall semester. Learn more about Writing 110 through this video.

WRIT 111: First-Year Writing

First-Year Writing, taken during the first year, equips students for effective writing in the liberal arts and introduces writing as a means of learning. The course is taught in multiple sections that explore a variety of topics. In all sections, students write frequently in a variety of genres, with emphasis in writing expository essays. One or more assignments require research. As part of the writing process, students revise their writing and meet individually with course faculty to discuss their writing. This course is limited to first-year students and sophomores. Offered each semester.