Writing Requirements

Satisfying the Writing Requirement 

To satisfy the writing requirement, students must pass two writing intensive (WI) courses with a letter grade of C- or better. The WI requirement is distinct from the writing foundational requirement, under which certain entering students are required to take Rhetoric 101. Writing. 

Writing Intensive Course Number One

For first-year students who enroll in the fall term, the first of their two writing intensive courses is their first-year seminar or a designated course in a “gateway” program. Students who fail to earn a letter grade of at least C- in their first-year seminar or other designated WI course are required to take one of the following writing intensive courses within the next two semesters: Rhetoric 103. Special Writing Topics,  202. Expository Writing Workshop, or 208. Argument and Research Writing. If a freshman enters the College in January and no first-year seminar is available, the student must take Rhetoric 103, 202, or 208 during his/her first or second semester of enrollment in order to meet the first part of the WI requirement.

Writing Intensive Course Number Two

All students meet the second part of this requirement by taking a designated WI course in their major field. Only courses given at Trinity qualify. A student who has more than one major may choose in which major to take the writing intensive course. If a student satisfactorily completes a WI course in his/her declared major but subsequently drops that major in favor of another one, it is not necessary for the student to take a WI course in the new major in order to satisfy the second part of the writing intensive requirement.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may satisfy the first part of this requirement by means of a course taken at their previous college or university, provided that they receive Trinity transfer credit for the course and the institution at which the course was taken officially designated it on the transcript (or in some other manner) as “writing intensive” or the equivalent. Otherwise, transfer students are required to take Rhetoric 103, 202, or 208 no later than their second semester at Trinity. Transfer students meet the second part of the requirement by taking a designated WI course in their major field.  

Individualized Degree Program

Individualized Degree Program (IDP) students, whether they matriculate as first-year or transfer students, satisfy the first part of the WI requirement by means of the required IDP transitional seminar, provided that their grade in the class is a C- or better. An IDP student who fails to receive a grade of at least C- in the transitional seminar is required to take, within the next two semesters of enrollment, Rhetoric 103, 202, or 208. In those exceptional instances when a transfer IDP student is exempted from taking the transitional seminar and did not take a course at his/her previous institution that satisfies the first part of the WI requirement, the student must take Rhetoric 103, 202, or 208 within the first two semesters of enrollment at Trinity.

NOTE: Any student who is required to take Rhetoric 103, 202, or 208 must earn a letter grade of at least C- for the course to satisfy the first part of the WI requirement. If the student receives a letter grade below C-, he/she will have either to repeat the course or to take another one of these courses.