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Fulfilling ELWR at UC Davis

Incoming students may fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) after entering UC Davis two ways: placing into the English Composition Pathway (PATH4) through the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey or by passing one of the specified ELWR fulfilling courses listed below with a letter grade of C or higher. 

Incoming first-year UC Davis students who have not fulfilled ELWR should complete the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey. 

Courses at UC Davis

The following courses will fulfill ELWR if taken for a letter grade and passed with a C or higher:

4 Unit Options

  • UWP 007: 4 unit UCD course 
  • UWP 007Y: 4 unit UCD hybrid course 
  • UWP 007V: 4 unit UCD virtual course
  • UWP 007M: 4 unit UCD course (An ELWR course for multilingual students.)
  • WLD 57: 4.5 non-credit bearing units Sacramento City College course. P sections are designated for EOP/first generation students. NOTE: WLD 57 is no longer offered.
  • WR 40: 4 unit UC Online course

6 Unit Options

  • A co-course, which must be taken at the same time as a lower division writing course:
    • UWP 1A: 2 unit UCD course (while also enrolled in UWP 1)
    • ENL 3A: 2 unit UCD course (while also enrolled in ENL 3)
    • NAS 5A: 2 unit UCD course (while also enrolled in NAS 5). NAS 5A will only be offered Winter 2020. 

NOTE: P/NP grade mode is not permitted if the course will be used for satisfaction of the ELWR. Students must take the course for a letter grade and receive a C or higher to fulfill ELWR. 

UC Davis Writing Placement Survey

Incoming students can satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) by receiving a placement in the English Composition Pathway (PATH4) on the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey

UWP 007: Practices in College Reading and Writing

UWP 007: Practices in College Reading and Writing is a face-to-face, 4 unit credit-bearing course taught by writing faculty at UC Davis. The small class size of 18 students allows for intense mentorship and collaboration as students focus on academic literacy strategies, including understanding scholarly texts, contextualizing information, developing source-based academic writing projects, and learning how to implement feedback and revision plans.

UWP 007Y: Practices in College Reading & Writing (hybrid)

UWP 007Y: Practices in College Reading and Writing (Hybrid) is a face-to-face, 4 unit credit-bearing course taught by writing faculty at UC Davis. The small class size of 18 students allows for intense mentorship and collaboration as students focus on academic literacy strategies, including understanding scholarly texts, contextualizing information, developing source-based academic writing projects, and learning how to implement feedback and revision plans.

Please Note: This course meets once a week face-to-face with the remainder of the weekly work taking place asynchronously online. Students who prefer more face-to-face interaction with their instructor and peers should opt to take UWP 007 instead.

UWP 007M: Practices in College Reading and Writing for Multilingual Writers

UWP 007M is a face-to-face, 4 unit credit-bearing course taught by writing faculty at UC Davis. The small class size of 18 students allows for the development of multilingual writers' composition and English language skills across genres and disciplines. The course integrates college-level reading, critical thinking, and written communication, using texts from across the curriculum. UWP 023 has been discontinued; students who successfully completed UWP 022 have the option to take either UWP 007M or UWP 007.

Please Note: Students who successfully completed UWP 023 cannot enroll in UWP 007M; as they are equivalent courses. Students who successfully completed UWP 023 before summer 2019 but still need to fulfill ELWR, MUST enroll in an ELWR course other than UWP 007M.

UWP 1A: Writers’ Workshop

UWP 1A: Writers’ Workshop is a face-to-face 2 unit credit-bearing course that fulfills the ELWR, taught by writing faculty at UC Davis. Concurrent enrollment in UWP 1 (a 4 unit credit-bearing course that fulfills the lower division writing requirement) is required for UWP 1A students. The course uses a writing-studio approach; each section of UWP 1A enrolls 14 students who work intensively on analyzing writing tasks, developing drafts of writing, providing and implementing feedback, and identifying useful strategies for academic writing across the curriculum.  

ENL 3A: Writers’ Workshop

ENL 3A: Writers’ Workshop is a face-to-face 2 unit credit-bearing course that fulfills the ELWR, taught by English department faculty at UC Davis. Concurrent enrollment in ENL 3 (a 4 unit credit-bearing course that fulfills the lower division writing requirement) is required for ENL 3A students. The course uses a writing-studio approach; each section of ENL 3A enrolls 14 students who work in small groups and with an instructor who supports them as they complete disciplinary writing tasks assigned in ENL 3, including literary analysis of poetry, drama, and fiction.

NAS 5A: Writers’ Workshop

NAS 5A: Writers’ Workshop is a face-to-face 2 unit credit-bearing course that fulfills the ELWR, taught by Native American Studies faculty at UC Davis. Concurrent enrollment in NAS 5 (a 4 unit credit-bearing course that fulfills the lower division writing requirement) is required for NAS 5A students. The course uses a writing-studio approach; each section of NAS 5A enrolls 14 students who work on writing-intensive tasks through the lens of Native American literature.

WR 40: Intro to Writing and Rhetoric

WR 40: Intro to Writing and Rhetoric is an online, cross-campus course taught out of UC Irvine. In the course, students will develop their writing through language-intensive exercises, participation in community-based writing through blogs and forums, and completion of a writing portfolio. Students will also have the opportunity to experiment with various writing forms, ranging from a personal narrative to a thesis-driven essay project. This class rigorously prepares students for subsequent writing-intensive college courses.

Students must meet eligibility requirements for cross-campus enrollment in order to take WR 40. Students interested in the course should know that the registration process is complicated and difficult; please contact the ELW Program for support before attempting to register.

WLD 57: College Writing

NOTE: WLD 57 is no longer offered.

WLD 57: College Writing is a face-to-face course taught by Sacramento City College faculty on the UC Davis campus. The 4.5 units of the course count toward the minimum progress requirement but do not carry units toward graduation credit, nor do they factor into a student’s GPA. In this course, students will read and discuss professional essays and write a number of papers and shorter assignments both in and out of class. To satisfy the requirement, students must earn a course grade of C or higher; students who receive a grade lower than C must repeat Workload 57 or another ELWR fulfilling course. P sections are designated for EOP students.