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WRIT 100/101 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions – WRIT 100 and 101

The CWR now offers WRIT 100, which offers the same credit as WRIT 101. It also satisfies the requirement for taking WRIT 101.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about WRIT 100 and WRIT 101. If you have a question that is not answered here, please send an email message to Someone will respond promptly to your inquiry.


Who is required to take WRIT 100 or 101?

All students, except for first-year Honors College students, are required to take WRIT 100 or 101.

Can students transfer credit for WRIT 100/101 from a junior college or high school?

Students earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement Exam or a score of 50 on the CLEP subject examination receive credit for 100/101. Transfer credit from other institutions of higher learning is determined by the dean of the college or school to which the applicant is admitted.

What are the similarities between WRIT 100 and WRIT 101?

WRIT 100 and WRIT 101 meet the same degree requirements for graduation. Successful completion of WRIT 100 or WRIT 101 is a prerequisite for WRIT 102. Students take either WRIT 100 or WRIT 101, not both.

How does WRIT 100 differ from WRIT 101?

Writing 100 class sizes are smaller, and students attend more one-on-one writing conferences with their instructors than in 101.

What is the class size in WRIT 100 and 101?

WRIT 100 classes are capped at 15 students. WRIT 101 classes are capped at 23 students.

Are there any prerequisite courses for WRIT 100 or 101?

For most students, there are no prerequisite courses. For students enrolled in the Developmental Studies program, successful completion of DS 098 is required.

Do students need to earn a grade of “C” or better to successfully move from WRIT 100/101 to 102?

Students successfully pass WRIT 100/101 with a grade of "D" or better and can then take WRIT 102.

Do students need to earn a passing grade on the portfolio to pass WRIT 100/101?

Although the portfolio counts for at least 20% of the final grade in WRIT 100/101, students can still pass the course without earning a passing grade on the portfolio.

How much writing do students do in WRIT 100/101?

In addition to any daily writing that teachers assign, students are expected to write four (4) papers of approximately three to five (3-5) double-spaced pages, create a multimodal project, and compose an electronic portfolio. Students are also expected to use the writing process to draft and revise their work.

Is grammar a major focus in WRIT 100/101?

Although the focus on grammar will vary from teacher to teacher, the major aspects of writing – including the writing process, exploration and argumentation, purposes and audience, research, and conventions and mechanics – factor into grading in WRIT 100/101.

Where can students get help with their WRIT 100/101 papers?

In addition to asking instructors for help, students can make appointments at The University of Mississippi’s Writing Centers and meet with a tutor to work one-on-one. Students can find out more about the Writing Center by visiting the Writing Centers website. Writing mentors are also available at the Residential Colleges.

Is there a final exam?

In lieu of a final exam, students compose a portfolio.