The First-Year Writing program at Lindenwood University is a sequence of related writing-intensive courses designed to introduce students to writing at the college level. Students complete these courses during their first year at Lindenwood to create a solid foundation for strong writing skills--skills necessary in all other college courses and essential to postgraduate careers.
Placement in either ENGL 11000 or ENGL 15000 is based on high school GPA and ACT scores as determined during initial enrollment. After initial placement, students may, in conversation with their advisors, self-place into either ENGL 11000 or ENGL 15000.
Placement is based on English Placement Test scores completed during orientation week. In addition to EPP 11000 or EPP 15000, students may place into EPP 10500 or EPP 10600 along with EPP 10000, EPP 10100, and EPP 12500. After initial placements and in-class writing assessments, students may request an English placement review by contacting the EPP coordinator, Tracy Flicek.
First-Year Composition Sequence:
ENGL 11000: Effective Writing -- this course introduces students to a variety of writing approaches to focus on strengthening competence and confidence in writing ability. In order to advance to ENGL 15000, students must earn a C or above in ENGL 11000.
EPP 11000: Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers -- this course introduces international English speakers to a variety of writing approaches to focus on understanding academic writing norms while strengthening competence and confidence in writing ability. In order to advance to EPP 15000, students must earn a C or above in EPP 11000.
ENGL 15000: Strategies for University Writing -- this required course in the first-year writing sequence provides students with practice in a variety of forms of writing commonly used at the college level. A grade of C or better is required to enroll in ENGL 17000.
EPP 15000: Strategies for University Writing for Non-Native Speakers -- this required course in the first-year writing sequence provides international English speaking students with practice in a variety of forms of writing commonly used at the college level. A grade of C or better is required to enroll in ENGL 17000.
ENGL 17000: Research and Argumentation -- this second and final course in the first-year writing sequence applies college-level writing skills to research-based projects. Prerequisite: a C or better in ENGL 15000 or EPP 15000. ENGL 17000 is also a prerequisite for many 20000-level courses.
Both ENGL 15000/EPP 15000 and ENGL 17000 (or their equivalents as determined by Lindenwood's Office of Academic Services) are required for graduation.