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Arts and Sciences Foundations: English Composition

Students earning a score of 600 on the critical reading portion of the SAT, who also earn a score of 5 on the AP English exam, will be awarded advanced-standing credit for English Composition 0200 and three additional credits in English Composition.

Students earning scores of 600 or greater on the critical reading portion of the SAT are not required to take the University of Pittsburgh’s English Composition Placement Test. To fulfill the English composition requirement, these students will enroll in one of three courses:

  • English Composition 0200—Seminar in Composition
  • English Composition 0203 Seminar in Composition—Women’s Studies
  • English Composition 0205 Seminar in Composition—Film

Students earning scores of 599 or less on the critical reading portion of the SAT are required to take the University of Pittsburgh’s English Composition Placement Test. Based on the student’s performance on this test, one of four outcomes will result:

  1. A student may place into one of the Seminar in Composition options (see above)

  2. If students demonstrate weaker writing skills, they will be required to register for:

  • EngComp 0200 — Seminar in Composition
  • EngComp 0201 — Composition Tutorial (1 credit)

The composition tutorial is not counted toward the 120 total credits required for graduation from the BSBA program.

  1. Students with very weak reading and writing skills will be required to register for:

  • English Composition 0100/0101 Intensive Workshop in Composition/Intensive Composition Workshop (6 credits)

These courses are not counted toward the 120 total credits required for graduation from the BSBA program.

  1. When English is a student’s second language, the student may be required to take:

  • English Composition 0152 English as a Second Language: Workshop in Composition (3 credits)

This course is not counted toward the 120 total credits required for graduation from the BSBA program.

All students are encouraged to complete their English composition requirement(s) in the freshman year.