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  • Writing Requirement

    The University of Florida requires all students to complete a writing requirement. AICE, AP, CLEP and IB examination credit may count toward this requirement.

    To graduate, students must complete courses that involve substantial writing. A total of 24,000 words is required. Courses approved to meet this requirement will be in one of three categories:

    • Coursework with at least 2000 words
    • Coursework with at least 4000 words
    • Coursework with at least 6000 words

    All sections of qualified courses may not offer substantial writing in a particular term. In the WM column, the schedule of courses identifies the course sections and amount of writing credit (2, 4 or 6) awarded for a given term.

    The writing will be evaluated on content, organization and coherence, argument and support, style and mechanics. Evaluations will be on individual work and the evaluated work will be returned to the student before the last day of class.

    Writing course grades have two components. Professors will indicate whether or not the student met the writing requirement and will assign a course grade. Therefore, to receive writing credit students must receive a minimum grade of C (2.0) and satisfactory completion of the writing component. It is possible not to meet the writing requirement and still earn a satisfactory grade, so students should review their degree audit after receiving their grade to verify receipt of credit for the writing component.

    Students may not take the same course multiple times to meet the writing requirement, unless the course allows for multiple registration based upon rotating course content.

    All courses that require writing will not necessarily count toward the writing requirement.  In writing requirement courses, students will be evaluated as described above.  

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