To get receive credit for Writing in the Core, you need to place out of Core Writing or take either WRIT 101 or WRIT 101/001 combo. Some students will start with WRIT 080 to ensure they are confident and prepared for the work in WRIT 101.

Course Descriptions

WRIT 080: Building Basic Writing Skills

4 Credits Gallatin College

Provides basic skills to prepare students for college level writing
Focuses on paragraph development and the basics of English grammar
Note: does not count toward credit for Core Writing Requirement

WRIT 001/WRIT 101: Co-Req Support for WRIT 101W + College Writing 1

5 Credits Gallatin College

4 days a week (3 credits large class, 2 credits in a small group)
Extensive practice on writing process and skills
 Sign up for both WRIT 001 and corresponding WRIT 101 section

WRIT 101: College Writing 1

3 Credits MSU

3 credit course, either MWF or TTh sections
Practice writing a variety of genres, collaboratively and independently
Learn research strategies
Engage in public arguments

WRIT 101 Placement Scores at MSU

ACT Placement Guidelines
   Course      

English Language Arts

or Combined English/Writing

Writing Subject
Subscore Writing
English

WRIT 080

0-15
3-4
3-4
1-15

WRIT 001/

WRIT 101

16-17
5-6
5-6
16-21
WRIT101
18
7
7
22
EXEMPT
 
11
11
28

 

SAT Placement Guidelines
Course
Evidence-Based Read/Write
Writing/Language Test
Essay Total (Reading, Analysis, Writing Subscore)
Essay Writing Subscore
WRIT 080
 
10-18
 
 

WRIT001/

WRIT101

 
19-24
 
 
WRIT 101
 
25
 
 
Exempt
750
38
22
7

 

Directed Self-Placement Survey

If you have not been placed in a Core writing course through ACT/SAT scores or AP exam then you need to participate in the Directed Self Placement Survey. This is a brief survey that will help assess the best writing course for your success at MSU. When you complete all portions of the survey, you will be given a suggested WRIT course and we will notify advising.