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Which students still have to take the Writing Proficiency Exam and which ones must fulfill the Writing Intensive requirement for graduation?

If students enrolled at Tarleton before September 2007, they still have to take the Writing Proficiency Exam.

Tarleton is implementing a Writing Intensive Program, and, eventually, completing the Writing Intensive Program requirements will replace taking the Writing Proficiency Exam. But for all students enrolled prior to fall 2007, the WPE is still something that they will have to take and pass in order to graduate.

Tarleton's Writing Intensive Requirement will be a condition for the baccalaureate degree for students entering TSU as new students beginning Fall 2007.

These students must complete Tarleton’s Writing Intensive Program requirements as a condition for the baccalaureate degree:

New students are those who enter Tarleton in fall 2007 as

  • first-time freshmen
    (students with no college credits),
  • entering students with 29 hours or less through earned credit
    (credit through AP, CLEP, IB, or dual credit courses), and
  • transfer students with 29 hours or less transfer credit hours.

In the fall of 2008, the WI requirements will apply to the students listed above and to these new students:

  • first-time freshmen
    (students with no college credits),
  • entering students with 59 hours or less through earned credit
    (credit through AP, CLEP, IB, or dual credit courses), and
  • transfer students with 59 hours or less transfer credit hours.
In the fall of 2009, the WI requirements will apply to the students listed above and to these new students:
  • first-time freshmen
    (students with no college credits),
  • entering students with 89 hours or less through earned credit
    (credit through AP, CLEP, IB, or dual credit courses), and
  • transfer students with 89 hours or less transfer credit hours.

All other students will still be required to take the Writing Proficiency Exam.

Which courses will earn Writing Intensive credit for students?

The Writing Intensive Program began designating WI courses in fall 2007. Each of these courses will earn students WI credit if they took the course beginning in fall 2007 or later:

ANSC 400
CJ 416
COMS 412
ENGL 309
ENGL 310  
ENGR 460  
ENVE 430  
HYDR 430
HYDR 440
MUSC 327

Each of these courses will earn students WI credit if they took the course beginning in fall 2008 or later:

ACC 423
BIOL 353
H S 305
H S 308
MUSC 328
RDG 409
SOC 403
THEA 404

Each of these courses will earn students WI credit if they took the course beginning in fall 2009 or later:

ACC 450
ADMS 319
A EC 333
A EC 421
AGRN 425
AGSD 302
ART 490
CIS 450
ECO 303
ENGL 330
ENTO 380
ES 413    
FIN 403
GB 312
GB 459
HIST 440
H S 456
IT 303
IT 318
KINE 330
MATH 409
MATH 432
MGMT 407
MGMT 450
MKTG 416
PSY 335
PSY 420
RDG 384
RDG 351
SOC 402
SWK 306
SWK 314
WLDM 310

In addition to the courses listed above, each of the following courses has been approved for WI credit beginning spring 2010:


F A 410
HIST 321
HIST 401
HIST 412
HIST 420


In addition to the courses listed above, each of the following courses has been approved for WI credit beginning summer 2010:


CHEM 323
CLS 448
CLS 491
ENGL 415
HIST 310
HYDR 488
POLS 308
L S 498



Please note, sometimes professors teach a as Writing Intensive as it is being developed or as it is going through the WI designation process. There are even some cases in which a course may display a "WI" in its catalogue description. However, if a course does not appear on this list, it has not yet received its WI designation. Only courses on this list and for these dates can earn students WI credit.