Writing Requirements

In the College Curriculum, all W&M students will complete:

1. COLL 150: All students must satisfactorily complete a COLL 150 course with a grade of C- or better. Together, COLL 100 and COLL 150 courses lay the foundation for first-year students' communication skills.  COLL 150 courses emphasize basic writing skills that can be used in all their courses and that help students make the transition to college-level academic discourse at W&M.

2. Major Writing Requirement: In addition, all students must satisfy the Major Writing Requirement described by each department, program, or school. If the department, program, or school specifies a graded course or courses to satisfy the requirement, the student's grade(s) in that course or those courses must be C- or better.

The purpose of the Major Writing Requirement is to ensure that students continue to develop their ability to write in clear, effective prose, which contains sustained and well-developed thought. The Major Writing Requirement must provide students with a series of opportunities to practice their writing, especially as commented upon by an instructor. Each student is expected to complete the writing requirement before the beginning of the graduating semester, normally during the junior and senior years; where the requirement may be met through a Major Honors paper, a senior paper, or the like, it may be completed as late as the end of the graduating semester. When a student has a double major, the requirement applies in each major.