can I find English course descriptions?
Please see the English Course
Offerings page for detailed descriptions of current and upcoming classes as well
as historical course descriptions back to 1997.
Course Catalog also lists courses along with brief, general descriptions.
I get an add code for an English composition class?
For complete information, see English Course
Enrollment Policies and Strategies for
Completing English Composition.
ENGL 111, 121, and 131 have a strict no-overloads policy.
The Department does not have add codes, and the instructor does not have
add codes. All
registration is through MyUW. If the course is full, keep checking enrollment;
a spot may open up for you. Otherwise, you'll want to choose another course,
or plan to take it in a future quarter. There are no exceptions.
For all three of these courses, the "freshman and sophomores only" restriction
is strictly enforced. If you are a junior or senior, you cannot take one
of these classes. You will need to choose another course, or plan to take
the course in spring or summer quarter, when these courses are open to all
If the class is part of a Freshman
Interest Group (FIG) and you are not
signed up for the FIG, you cannot take the class. You will need to choose
another course or take it in a later quarter.
If you have already taken one class from the group of ENGL 111, 121, or
131, the registration system will not allow you to sign up for a second one.
If this applies to you, you'll want to choose another class that fulfills
the English Composition requirement (ENGL 197, 198, 199, C LIT 240, ENGL
297, 298, 299, ENGL 281 or 381).
ENGL 197, 198, 199, 297, 298, 299 are offered by the Interdisciplinary
Writing Program (IWP). These courses are not "free standing" -- they
are writing links that are paired with other courses across the curriculum,
so must be taken concurrently. Examples
are ART H 201 paired with ENGL 197, or HIST 111 paired with ENGL 198. Students
must take both courses in the pair. All
registration is through MyUW.
If an IWP course you want to take is full, check with the instructor to
see if overloads are possible. This is best done by attending class on the
ENGL 281, 381 are the intermediate and advanced composition courses. It's
assumed that students who sign up will already have completed freshman composition
and/or have had significant academic writing experience. Registration is
through MyUW. If the course you want to take is full, check with the instructor
to see if overloads are possible. This is best done by attending class on
does the note "PLUS 1 HOUR" mean in the Time Schedule?
The designation "PLUS 1 HR" means that the course may require additional meetings outside the regularly scheduled class times posted. How (and if) this time is used is up to individual instructors, who may want to use additional time outside of class for student conferencing, writing/study groups, etc. These things, if the instructor chooses to implement them, would be scheduled around your other classes. Check with your instructor on the first day of class.
does "Computer Integrated" mean in the Time Schedule?
The designation "COMPUTER INTEGRATED" means that it is part of the Computer Integrated Classroom (CIC) program. The CIC program is dedicated to developing innovative computer-integrated approaches to teaching argumentative writing, literature, critical thinking, and research skills. A CIC course covers the same material as conventional 100-level writing courses, but it combines the best of traditional instruction with the benefits of computer-aided writing.
Students spend time debating, writing, and working through material BOTH
in the face-to-face environment of a conventional classroom and through independent
and collaborative work in/on a computer network. Specific computer experience
is not required. CIC instructors are prepared to teach students with diverse
levels of experience with computers. Inexperienced students will find that
the technology is easy to learn and that the program provides a well trained
and accessible support staff to help them become comfortable in a computerized
environment. For more information about CIC classes, visit the CIC
does "Service Learning Component" mean in the Time Schedule?
Service Learning is a program directed by the Edward
E Carlson Public Service and Leadership Center that provides the opportunity to bring so-called real world experience to academic learning. Your course's Service Learning component can include projects in community, government, and not-for-profit organizations that fulfill a need of the organization while advancing your understanding of your course goals and objectives. Traditionally, participation in a service-learning component requires approximately twenty hours per quarter of service at a specific site. The Carlson Center arranges placement at these sites. For more information, visit The
Student Guide to Service Learning.
is a "Freshman Interest Group (FIG)" or a "Transfer Interest
FIGs and TRIGs are groups of 20 to 25 new UW freshmen or transfer students with
similar academic interests who are enrolled in the same schedule of classes
campus. Even though many FIGs and TRIGs include English composition courses,
the English Department does not administer FIGs. Visit First
Year Programs for
about FIG content and FIG registration. If an English composition course is
part of a FIG, students who are not enrolled in the FIG generally cannot take
the course. For more information, contact First Year Programs at 543-4905 or
took a transfer course that I think should be listed as "W" Writing credit.
How can I get it changed to a "W" course?
English majors: see an English adviser. We may ask you for syllabi and course
Other majors: see the adviser in your own major department
or, if you don't yet have a major, an adviser in the Undergraduate
Advising Center in 171 Mary
Gates Hall. (You do not need to see an English
adviser for this: any campus adviser can "flag" your transfer course as
"W" credit if s/he deems it appropriate.)
can I set up an independent study (ENGL 492, 493, or 499)?
ENGL 499, 492 - Independent Study, or Advanced Expository Writing
Note: If you are considering an independent
study, you should have a specific, advanced
academic project in mind, and it should be one that cannot be completed in
a regularly-offered English course. Independent studies (also referred
to as undergraduate research experiences) are for advanced students only;
they are not substitutes for regular classes.
To set up an independent study, approach the faculty member with whom you'd
like to work and ask for permission to study independently with him/her.
faculty who know you;
they are more likely to agree to work with you, being familiar with your
work and your academic capacities.
It is also important to approach a faculty
whose own academic interests relate to your project (e.g., if you're
researching and writing about a particular Shakespeare play, approach someone
who teaches Shakespeare or who specializes in Elizabethan literature).
For a list of English faculty with their academic interests,
click here. All
regular faculty members and acting instructors can supervise independent
studies; TAs cannot.
For more information, visit our Undergraduate
ENGL 493, Advanced Creative Writing Conference:
These independent creative writing conferences, supervised by individual
Creative Writing Program faculty members, require special permission. Approach
with whom you'd like to work and ask for permission to arrange
an independent conference. These independent studies are generally reserved
for students who've been accepted for admission to the creative
writing pathway in the English major, and they are for advanced students
do I set up Internship credit (ENGL 491)?
Instructions for enrolling in ENGL 491 internship credit, along with a listing
of current internships, can be found on our Internship pages.
How can I tell if a course qualifies as Pre-1900 Literature?
We do not maintain a list of these courses, both because content can vary
from one quarter to the next and because we expect students in the major to
be able to identify (or research) where particular authors and themes fall
within the spectrum of literary history. We do have a Pre-1900
page that offers
some practical information and advice.
credit will I receive for AP or IB exam scores?
AP Credit: Students who score a 4 or 5 on the AP English Language test will receive
5 credits in ENGL 190. Students who score a 4 or 5 on the AP English Literature
will receive 5 credits in ENGL 191. AP English credit, ENGL 190 or 191, counts
toward the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts requirement (VLPA). It does not count
toward the English Composition requirement. See the IB
Credit Policies page
for more information.
IB Credit: Students who score a 5, 6, or 7 on the IB English A exam will
receive 5 credits in ENGL 193. (No credit is conferred for the IB English
IB English credit, ENGL 193, counts toward the Visual, Literary, and Performing
Arts requirement (VLPA). It does not count toward the English Composition
requirement. See the AP
Credit Policies for more information.
Scores for both the AP and IB tests are submitted by the student to the UW
Admissions Office, which posts the applicable
English credit to the student's record.
I transfer an English course from another school, taken in the U.S. or
If you complete an approved English course through a Washington state
community college, course equivalencies have already been established. See
the Transfer Guide for more information.
Most English literature and writing courses taken at two- and four-year
colleges and universities
within in the U.S. will transfer to the UW if they are (a)
college level, and (b) not designed for non-native speakers of English (not
these courses transfer is determined by UW
If you believe that an English course you took elsewhere should have transferred
to the UW, or should have transferred as a different kind of credit, please
speak with an English adviser. We will need to see a copy of your transcript
school where you took the course as well as a course syllabus. In some cases,
we may ask you for course materials (assignments you completed, papers you
If you completed the English course outside the U.S., please be aware that
(a) the UW Admissions Office must first determine if the course was taken
at an accredited/recognized college or university abroad and is eligible
for transfer, and
(b) you will need to have an English
Department adviser evaluate the course for
transfer, and we will ask you for a copy of your transcript and a syllabus
(and, sometimes, for course materials such as assignments you completed or
papers you wrote), and
(c) the course must have been taken in one of these countries: Canada, Great
Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia.
Unless English courses were taken in the U.S., Canada,
Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia, they are not eligible
for transfer as English literature or composition credit at the UW, even
if the course was taught
in English, was taught by a native speaker, was part of a study abroad program,
The only possible exception is for Advanced Level (A-Level) certificates
that students earned through British A-Level exams in international schools
in countries such as India or Singapore that follow the British system.
can I find out about taking classes for English Language Learners (ELL
/ ESL / EFL)
ELL/ESL courses providing English language instruction to non native speakers
(ENGL 101, 102, 103, 104) are not administered by the Department of English.
These courses are offered through
of Washington Educational Outreach programs. Visit the English
Language Programs web site. They can be reached at (206) 543-6242.
There are several support programs for English language learners who
are working toward the English composition requirement and seeking additional
Linked English 103/131
These linked courses are designed for non-native speakers of English, and are
available to any student who would like support in English 131. The instructors
work together to help students understand 131 readings, outline 131 assignments,
and enhance overall academic English skills. Students receive 5 general elective
credits for English 103 and 5 composition credits for English 131. Please note
that English 103 has a course fee of $1,451. To register for the link, contact
Amy Renehan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
These are designed for non-native speakers of English, and are available to
any student who is taking an Expository Writing Program (ENGL 111, 121,
131, 281) or Interdisciplinary Writing Program (ENGL 197, 198, 199, 297,
298, 299) composition course and would like additional ESL support. Students
sign up for a 2-credit
Studies 391, that meets two days a week for 50 minutes. In the studios students
build advanced vocabulary skills, focus on reading skills to help comprehend
and analyze complex texts (specifically those from your writing class), and
review and analyze grammar structures, focusing on how they apply to organization
and produce different effects in academic writing.
See the Time Schedule for registration information for these GEN ST 391 ESL studios.
“ESL 131” and “ESL 109/110”
These courses offer an opportunity for International and ELL students who would like to complete a composition course with classmates who are also multilingual non-native speakers of English (“ESL”). All ‘ESL” sections of Expository Writing Program courses are taught by EWP teachers who also have expertise in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
ESL 131 sections are offered every quarter; ESL 109/110, the two-quarter
composition course, are offered in Winter (109) and Spring (110). Students
must complete both 109 and 110 to fulfill the “C” (composition) requirement.
These sections will be marked in the online UW time schedule “ESL STUDENTS
ONLY, SEE INSTRUCTOR FOR ADD CODES.” The instructor’s email address will be
linked to the time schedule so students can request codes.