Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program Petition to Satisfy PWR with a Transfer Course

You may petition only once, and should do so by the end of your first semester and before attempting to take WRT105. Receiving transfer credits for a writing course will not on its own satisfy the Primary Writing Requirement.  To satisfy the requirement, you must complete this petition, and it must be approved by the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program. Your petition will be accepted or denied based on whether the course meets the criteria for equivalency to WRT 105. If the course does not meet these criteria, we may request additional writing samples that demonstrate your competency in the requisite writing skills.

Before proceeding, and to increase your chances of submitting a successful petition, take the time to read "What Constitutes a Succesful Petition". Reading the materials will increase the likelihood that your petition will be successful. Click on the button at the upper-right corner of your screen to access these notes.

**If you need technical help with this form. Please email the Writing and Speaking Center at wsap@ur.rochester.edu. If you have questions about the petitioning process, please contact the placement coordinator at writingplacement@ur.rochester.edu.

Using the box below, please upload a full syllabus with a course description. If you cannot access a syllabus, please contact writingplacement@ur.rochester.edu.

*Note: You may be able to obtain a syllabus by emailing or calling your former instructor and/or department administrator.

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Student ID Number:

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Semester and year matriculated at the University of Rochester:

Course Information

College or University where course was taken:

Course title and number:

Semester/Year course taken: Grade Received:

PLEASE NOTE:

  • You must have received a grade of B or higher in the course that satisfies the writing requirement at your previous institution.
  • Only courses from institutions in English-speaking countries will be accepted.
  • The College requires that the course must have been taken prior to matriculating at the U of R.
  • Courses taken in high school for college credit and advanced high school courses (AP, Honors) cannot be used to waive the Primary Writing Requirement.
  • In rare cases, a college course taken while in high school may be evaluated as a transfer course that might satisfying the Primary Writing Requirement. Three requirements must be met in order for a course to qualify: 1) it must be offered by a college/university and designed for its college students, 2) it must be taught within the college environment and by a college faculty member, and 3) it must be comprised of mainly college students.


What Constitutes A Successful Petition?

As we review transfer petitions, we look for courses that largely resemble the “exit criteria” of our WRT 105/105E courses.  More specifically, we tend to approve courses that exhibit the following characteristics:

  • The course is more than writing-intensive: it should include writing instruction and be designed around principles and strategies for developing effective academic essays.
  • The course focuses on academic analytical/argumentative writing.
  • The course centers on the writing process and includes drafting, peer response, self-assessment, instructor feedback, and revision.
  • The course includes a significant argumentative research paper.

The most common reasons for Transfer Petitions not being accepted are as follows:

  • The course may be writing-intensive, but is largely a content course that doesn’t provide writing instruction or make writing a significant topic of discussion.
  • There is not enough writing in the course.
  • The course foregrounds non-academic and/or non-argumentative writing (i.e., a class on creative writing, a class that focuses on journalistic or non-academic genres of writing).
  • The course does not include a writing process.
  • The course does not include a research paper.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • You must have received a grade of B or higher in the course that satisfies the writing requirement at your previous institution. 
  • Only courses from institutions in English-speaking countries will be accepted.
  • The College requires that the course must have been taken prior to matriculating at the U of R.
  • Courses taken in high school for college credit and advanced high school courses (AP, Honors) cannot be used to waive the primary writing requirement.

*Please feel free to contact the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program at writingplacement@ur.rochester.edu or (585) 273-3584 with any questions regarding Primary Writing Requirement petitions.*