What is First-Year Writing?

ENC 1130ENC1101 and ENC1102 are entry points to university-level writing and research. These courses are taught within the Department of Writing and Rhetoric and overseen by the Director of Writing Outreach Programs. 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.

ENC 1130 affords students additional practice and instruction before taking ENC 1101 and ENC 1102. This is an elective writing class that helps students develop reading and writing skills they will need in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102. Students earn elective credit for the class, but ENC 1130 is not a Gordon Rule course and does not fulfill General Education Program requirements.

Learning to write is a complex process, both individual and social, that takes place over time with continued practice and informed guidance. ENC1101 and ENC1102 provide an entry point to university-level writing practices and instruction. They provide instruction in both procedural and declarative knowledge about writing that is intended to be transferable to later writing situations. They should be understood as the entry point to a vertical, comprehensive writing education that extends across students’ time in the university. In order to write most effectively as active citizens both inside and outside the university, students who have completed ENC1101 and ENC1102 should seek out 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.

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