What is First-Year Writing at UCF?

ENC1101 and ENC1102 are entry points to university-level writing and research and should be understood as a vital part of a vertical, comprehensive writing education that extends across students’ time in the university and beyond. These courses provide instruction in both the what and the how of writing and are designed to teach writing in a way that makes it transferable to later writing situations. Our first-year writing curriculum is based on guiding principles developed from theory and research drawn from the field of Writing Studies and builds on the most recent empirical research on how students develop as writers.

Learning to write is a complex process, both individual and social, that takes place over time with continued practice and informed guidance. Thus, to write most effectively as active citizens both inside and outside the university, students who have completed ENC1101 and ENC1102 should seek out additional Gordon Rule classes in their majors, upper-level ENC courses, research projects, and extra-curricular writing opportunities. Students should also make use of the University Writing Center consultations for help in working through their writing projects during their time at UCF.

ENC1101 and ENC1102 are Gordon Rule courses and fulfill half of the writing courses needed for the Gordon Rule requirement. A majority of UCF students are required to complete both ENC1101 and ENC1102 with a grade of C- or better in order to fulfill the General Education Program. Questions regarding APCLEP, and transfer credit for these courses should be directed to your college’s undergraduate advising office, to the College of Arts and Humanities Student Advising, or to the Office of Undergraduate Studies.


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