Every student must satisfy the Composition Requirement before entering the sophomore year. A student may fulfill the requirement only by taking a course designated as doing so. As of spring 2010, such courses will be listed under the Writing Program and numbered 101 -- e.g., each section, whatever the thematic topic, will be designated WRI 101. The second semester (151W) in the Humanities sequence is an exception; the first two semesters, taken together, also satisfy the composition requirement. (Note: prior to spring 2010, courses satisfying the composition requirement were designated 100W or 101W, along with the exception noted for Humanities. Students who successfully completed such a course before spring 2010 have satisfied the requirement.) Please note that with the exception of the multi-semester Humanities program, no writing course fulfills any distribution requirement, but only the Composition requirement.
A student leaving the Humanities Program after one semester does not receive composition credit.
Please see the web pages on the Writing Program for further information, including advice on how to choose a writing course and writing course descriptions for Spring 2010.
Note: The composition requirement may be fulfilled only by a course taken at Davidson, not by a credit from AP, IB, or joint high school/college enrollment.