Writing Effectiveness Requirement
In order to graduate from Ithaca College, all students in the School of Humanities and Sciences must be deemed “writing effective.”
Theatre Arts students are required to take academic writing (WRTG 10800 Academic Writing I for Humanities and Sciences, WRTG 10600 Academic Writing I, or WRTG 11100 Academic Writing II). If the student passes this class and receives a letter from the Writing Program stating that they are writing effective, they have successfully completed the writing requirements for graduation. Otherwise, Students can also satisfy the writing effectiveness requirement by receiving both a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Language Composition or Literature and Composition Exam and a score of 1 or 2 on the Writing Placement Test.
Please note: It is possible to receive a passing grade in the listed writing courses and NOT be deemed writing effective.
If a student is not deemed writing effective after the completion of his or her first writing course, the Department of Theatre Arts will accept one of the following options to satisfy the writing effectiveness requirement:
A. Take a second academic writing course (WRTG 11100 Academic Writing II), receive a passing grade, and receive a notification of writing effectiveness.
B. Before the end of the junior year (or 6th semester), complete a writing portfolio under the direction of a Writing Program faculty member. At the end of the semester you will be notified as to whether the requirement has been satisfied (as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog).
C. If by the senior year a student has not yet been deemed writing effective they must be deemed so by the Department of Theatre Arts. The student will submit a writing portfolio to the Curriculum Committee for review. See application in the Documents section of this handbook for complete details and procedures.