Department of English
West Chester University
Dr. Vicki Tischio
532 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
A good university education prepares you to communicate confidently and effectively in all kinds of situations. Practice in written communication helps you to articulate complex ideas; effective writing is a most valuable asset in the job market. University professors require specialized and perfectly-executed written work in order to encourage critical thinking. If you have brothers and sisters who have attended West Chester or other good universities, they will confirm that there is a significant increase in both the expected quality and the quantity of writing when you go from high school to college. It's a bigger leap than many students expect. Therefore, students entering the university are placed in required English Composition courses according to entrance examination scores, so that every student will have appropriate course support in learning to meet the standard of university writing.
ENG020: Basic Writing, provides extra practice in grammatical skills, critical reading, and organized writing; it is the required starting point for students with SAT Writing (a score incorporating the combined essay and multiple-choice subscores) scores below 490. English 020 is considered preparatory for the more demanding writing of general-education requirements, and thus does not carry general-education or graduation credit. Click here for more information on ENG020 Basic Writing. Students with SAT Writing score below 490 may challenge their placement by taking the Basic Writing Placement Challenge Examination
WRT120: Effective Writing I, involves students in academic discourse by focusing on rhetorical strategies; it is the required starting point for students with SAT Writing scores between 490 and 619. Students with an SAT Writing score of 620 or above are exempt from WRT 120. Students in Effective Writing I read and analyze complex university-level essays, and write essays to demonstrate high levels of skill in analysis, synthesis, argument, and evaluation. Advanced Placement test scores of 4 or better in the English Language/Composition exam provide credit for WRT 120.
WRT200-level: Critical Writing Courses (200, 204, 205, 206, 208, & 220) all serve to engage students in more advanced, research-based academic discourse; a WRT200-level course is a required composition course for all students, and it is the starting point for those with SAT Writing scores of 620 or above. Students in the WRT200 courses are introduced to research with an interdisciplinary emphasis, and special attention is paid to learning West Chester University 's library-based and electronic resources.