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Welcome Transfer Students!

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.

 Fall 2018 Writing Courses for Transfer Students

WRTG 3020


Writing 3020 (volante en Español) 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.

Last Updated: 11/15/18