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Welcome Transfer Students!

No matter what your major or career goals, writing will be important to your success. The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies (WRS) is here to help you become an effective and flexible writer in your U classes and beyond. WRS has put together this guide to writing resources on campus to help you get started and enjoy your college experience.

Members of the Transfer Research Team presenting at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication.
From left to right: Justin Whitney, Kelly Corbray, Sandra Salazar-Hernandez, Shauna Edson, Nathan Lacy, Westin Porter, Claudia Sauz,
Nic Contreras, Assistant Professor Christie Toth.

Writing Resources for Transfer Students at the U

For all undergraduate degrees, the University requires completion of Writing 2010 with a grade of C- or higher. Transfer students need to take Writing 2010 at the U if they have not already completed English/Writing 2010 or a course that the Department determines to be equivalent at a previous institution. Writing 1010 is a prerequisite to this course for some students.

You may enroll directly into Writing 2010 if you meet one of these criteria:

  • You have completed English/Writing 1010 (or a course that WRS determines to be equivalent) at another institution
  • You write a Writing Placement Essay that demonstrates readiness for Writing 2010

Students who do not meet either of these criteria must complete Writing 1010 prior to enrolling in 2010.

The Writing Placement Essay is administered throughout the year by the University Testing Center. It is a take-home essay that students have three days to complete and return to the Testing Center. A team of faculty readers in the WRS review the essay in relation to Writing 2010 course expectations and make a placement decision.
More detailed information about the Writing Placement Essay is provided on the Testing Center web page. Students may call the WRS office at (801) 581-7090 for results the following business day after the rating date. Results are e-mailed to an address indicated by the student at the time of essay submission.

The University Writing Center is here to help you become a more confident writer by providing individual consultations with peer tutors. Tutors work with students at any point in their academic career, from freshman year to graduate school, and they are eager to support transfer students transitioning to the U. They can help you with writing projects from any discipline, as well as with other important documents like personal statements and scholarship essays. The Writing Center is a free service for University of Utah students.

There are three ways to access the Writing Center:

Face-to-face consultations are by appointment, but tutors may also be available for walk-in meetings depending on appointment traffic. For more information on available services, tutoring hours, and scheduling an appointment, visit the University Writing Center website.

The Marriott Library offers a wealth of resources for conducting research and using campus technologies. Reference librarians can help you find and evaluate sources for your research projects and cite those sources accurately. You can access their services in several different ways:

The library also has specialized subject guides for nearly every department on campus. These guides can help you find specific resources and research tools in your major or for writing-intensive courses in other departments. These guides are maintained by subject specialist librarians who are also available for individual research consultations.

The Marriott Library also offers access to wide range of writing-related technologies. Many library holdings are now available online as e-books, downloadable .pdf documents, and streaming video or audio. The Knowledge Commons checks out laptops, power cords, and other electronic equipment. They can help you set up campus wifi on your mobile devices, access free software, and print documents for class. The Knowledge Commons also offers a variety of group and individual study spaces. They can even help you write across a range of media, such as video and audio recording, web design, and 3D printing.

For more information about services and hours, visit the Marriott Library website.

Writing 3020 is an upper-division course designed specifically for students who are new to the U and have completed the Writing 1010/2010 requirement elsewhere. This course seeks to build on the strengths many transfer students bring to writing— adaptability, rhetorical awareness, and a sense of audience beyond the University—while providing an opportunity to learn about expectations and resources for writing in your major. If you have not yet selected a major, this course is a chance to explore one or more disciplines of interest before committing to a program of study. Writing 3020 also offers an opportunity to connect with peers, faculty, staff, and campus resources in order to make the most of the academic and professional opportunities available to undergraduates at the U.

Writing 3020 was designed based on ideas and feedback from nearly 200 transfer students across the University of Utah campus. The 3-credit course fulfills the upper-division Communication & Writing (CW) and Humanities Exploration (HF) general education requirements; for WRS majors, it also fulfills the Writing in the Professions/Disciplines requirement. Writing 3020 is rigorous and challenging but also provides lots of opportunities for feedback and revision. The course will invite you to think critically about the values, practices, and power structures that shape writing in your field, and it will equip you with additional tools for thinking and talking about writing across different contexts. Those tools are lifelong resources that will help you be an effective and flexible writer in academic settings, the workplace, and other communities that matter to you.

To register for Writing 3020, talk with your major advisor or WRS advisor Lisa Shaw. Students who are transferring to the U in spring can enroll in the fall section of Writing 3020 through Continuing Education.

Although the WRS major is valuable on its own, it is also designed to work well as a double major that complements other areas of study. Because it is a comparatively short major that enables you to count some courses in other departments as electives, WRS is one of the few double majors that many transfer students can complete without taking extra time to complete their bachelor’s degree. Having a WRS degree signals to employers and graduate programs that you are a flexible writer ready to hit the ground running. See below for more details.

 

Writing & Rhetoric Studies Major Information

You only need 36 credit hours to fulfill a Writing & Rhetoric Studies (WRS) major. In order to earn a bachelor’s degree, you must earn a total of 122 credit hours, 40 of which must be 3000-level or higher, and fulfill all general education requirements. Because the WRS major is relatively short, it is an excellent double-major for transfer students: we complement any area of study. Or, if you want to major in WRS only, you can take more than 36 credits in our department to fulfill your upper-division bachelor’s degree requirements. All of our courses offer valuable learning experiences that will further your academic, career, and community goals.

How the WRS Major Works for Transfer Students

If you have already earned an associate’s degree, which is typically 60 credit hours, and want to complete a WRS major, which is 36 credit hours, that totals 96 credit hours. This means that you would need 26 more credit hours to complete the 122 semester hour graduation requirement for a bachelor’s degree. Remember, 40 of those 122 credits must be upper-division (3000-level or higher).

This flexibility makes WRS an ideal double major or a good major to combine with other minor(s), pre-professional concentrations, or participating in the honors program. WRS pairs well with disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and professional programs. All WRS majors graduate with an e-portfolio that showcases their writing experiences and abilities for employers and graduate admissions committees.

The Office of Admissions determines the acceptability of transfer credit toward the 122 semester hour graduation requirement as well as awarding credit general education requirements. Academic departments determine if courses are considered equivalent to courses offered at the University of Utah and their applicability towards a bachelor's degree.

Opportunities for SLCC Transfer Students

Writing Studies Scholars Program. This program is specifically for SLCC students who are planning to major in WRS. Writing Studies Scholars are eligible to take a free upper-division U course, Writing 3030: Writing Across Locations, at SLCC the summer prior to transferring. This is a chance to connect with departmental faculty and advisors and make friends with other incoming WRS majors while also learning about the range of resources and opportunities available at the U. Students who successfully complete the course and stay in the major will receive an additional scholarship during their first academic year at the U. In Summer 2017, Writing 3030 will be offered at SLCC’s South City campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 pm. For more information about participating in Writing Studies Scholars, please contact Assistant Professor Christie Toth at christie.toth@utah.edu.

Credit articulation. WRS has a formal articulation agreement with Salt Lake Community College. Students who have completed SLCC’s Writing Certificate of Completion (WCC) can currently transfer up to two lower-division courses (6 credits) into the WRS major. SLCC students who have not completed the WCC may also apply eligible SLCC English credits to the major. Schedule an appointment with WRS advisor Lisa Shaw to determine which credits will apply.

Writing Center positions. The University Writing Center is eager to hire transfer students as peer tutors. If you are a tutor or coach at one of SLCC’s writing centers, or if you are looking for on-campus employment that will help you develop as a writer while working with other students on their writing-in-progress, the University Writing Center is a great community to join. New tutor hiring for the coming academic year takes place in spring, so students who are preparing to transfer may need to apply while they are still at SLCC. Contact University Writing Center director Anne McMurtrey for more information.

Internships and research assistantships. WRS often has additional internship and research assistantship opportunities for undergraduate students. These positions are either paid or earn academic credit. Assistant Professor Christie Toth oversees a variety of research projects and initiatives related to community colleges and writing, and she is eager to involve transfer students in these efforts. Contact Christie or WRS advisor Lisa Shaw to learn more about available opportunities.

More soon! We are working closely with our partners at SLCC to develop more courses and opportunities for transfer students, including a new associate’s degree in Writing Studies that articulates into the Writing & Rhetoric Studies major. Stay tuned!

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Last Updated: 4/17/17