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GEC Objective 1

The General Education Curriculum Objective 1 aims to help students do the following:

  • Practice writing as a form of inquiry to discover and create new knowledge.
  • Learn to write in response to appropriate audiences, purposes, and genres.
  • Learn to read, write, and do research as acts of critical thinking.
  • Practice writing simultaneously as a process and as a rhetorical response.
  • Foster an appreciation of writing as a communicative art.

GEC Registration Requirements

GEC Objective 1 can be met by taking both ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or by taking ENGL 103.

To register for these classes, please contact Breon Batten at:

To register for ENGL 103, students must present scores of 27 or above on the ACT/English exam or 640 or above on the SAT/Verbal exam.

First-year Composition (English 101)

English 101 is the first required writing course at West Virginia University. English 101 is intended for first year students to take in order to learn strategies to use in the writing they will do in college. The course aims to help students develop their abilities as writers, readers, and thinkers.

Sophomore Composition (English 102)

English 102 is the second required writing course at West Virginia University. English 102 is intended for sophomores and juniors to take prior to enrollment in a writing intensive course. The purpose of this course is to help students further develop their abilities as researchers and writers of persuasive texts.

Accelerated Academic Writing (English 103)

An accelerated 3-credit hour composition course for students who have already demonstrated a certain level of writing proficiency. English 103 satisfies WVU’s introductory writing requirement by emphasizing both expository writing and researched argumentative writing. Enrollment in this course is by permission only.

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

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