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Step 3: Choose Your Courses

Bloomington General Education

English Composition

English Composition courses enable the development of a wide range of fundamental writing, reading and thinking skills that support your success in your other college courses.

The General Education Bulletin describes characteristics of English Composition courses more fully.

Requirement: One course with a grade of C- or better. Please note that some schools, degrees, or majors may have a higher grade requirement.

Choose one of the following three course options to fulfill the English Composition (EC) requirement:

Some students may have previously fulfilled the EC requirement in one of the following ways:

You are exempt from the English Composition requirement if you:

  • earned an SAT Critical Reading score of 670-800, or
  • earned an ACT English score of 32-36.

In combination with the scores noted above, if you also earned a score of 660 or higher on the SAT Writing Test, you will receive 2 credit hours of ENG-W 143, Interdisciplinary Study of Expository Writing, with a grade of S.

You have fulfilled the English Composition requirement if you have:

  • earned an Advanced Placement (AP) English: Composition and Literature score of 4 or 5*, or
  • earned an Advanced Placement (AP) English: Language and Composition score of 4 or 5*, or
  • completed a dual-credit composition course (with the minimum required grade for your intended school) while enrolled in high school, or
  • completed an equivalent composition course (with the minimum required grade for your intended school) at another campus of Indiana University, or
  • completed an equivalent**, transferable composition course at another college or university.

* In combination with the AP scores noted above, if you also earned a score of 660 or higher on the SAT Writing Test, you will receive 2 free credit hours of ENG-W 143, Interdisciplinary Study of Expository Writing, with a grade of S.

** Learn how courses transfer to IUB by viewing the Credit Transfer Service database.