Required Courses and Exemption Policies for First-Year Composition

Required Courses:
Most students are required to complete one semester of composition to fulfill the all-college Written Communication Level I (W1) requirement and to advance to Level II (W2) and Level III (W3). Students in most majors fulfill this requirement by completing ENL 110: Foundations of Writing or a version of W1 developed by their academic department.

Exemption Policies:
Advanced Placement Examination
. Exemption from ENL 110 (W1) will be granted to students who achieve a score of 4 or higher on the College Entrance Board Advanced Placement Examination for Language and Composition. Students who achieve a score of 3 on the Examination for Language and Composition may be granted exemption from ENL 110 (W1) upon submitting a writing portfolio which is deemed to meet review criteria by a placement and assessment committee. Note that writing portfolios must be submitted by August 25. Exemption carries three credits.

Scholastic Aptitude Test. Exemption from ENL 110 (W1) will be granted to students who achieve either an SAT Writing score of 620 or higher or an SAT Essay sub-score of 10 or higher. (Effective in 2016, the SAT Essay, an optional component of the redesigned SAT, will be required for exemption: the score for exemption to be determined.) Exemption carries three credits.

A maximum award of three credits for ENL 110 (W1) will be granted for students who meet any of the exemption criteria above.

Honors Program:
For students in the Honors Program, ENL 110 H is a required course for all entering honors first-year students. Three English elective credits will be granted to incoming honors students who meet the W1 exemption criteria above in lieu of credit for ENL 110. ENL 110 H, as the only common first-year course for the learning community, orients students to the program and to intellectual inquiry, preparing students for the writing challenges ahead in other writing-intensive honors courses. Students transferring into the Honors Program from another college who have transfer credit in ENL 102 are not required to take ENL 110H. Students who completed ENL 110 at Salem State prior to acceptance into the Honors Program are also exempted from ENL 110H.

AP Credit Policy for English Literature and Composition:
Students who achieve a score of 4 or higher on the College Entrance Board Advanced Placement Examination for Literature and Composition will earn three English elective credits.

 

Revised August 2014