First-year composition is required of all students as part of the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC). In addition to taking WRTG 10600 at Ithaca College, students may satisfy this requirement by completing an equivalent course at another institution, so long as the course meets our learning objectives and course requirements.

Writing courses that are NOT equivalent to WRTG 10600 at IC include:

  • courses that prioritize reading and writing about literature
  • courses that only require relatively short writing assignments (WRTG 10600 requires a total of16-25 pages--or 4000 words or more--of revised prose)
  • courses that are shorter than five weeks,
  • courses that are part of the International Baccalaureate program. 

(a course with any one of these characteristics will NOT count as WRTG 10600)

To petition for transfer credit, students must first complete the form titled PETITION FOR TRANSFER found only at the Registrar's Office, located on the second floor of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center. (This form is not available online at this time.) Students must submit that form, along with a syllabus for the course taken, to the First-Year Composition Director. (Students may also be asked to submit a portfolio of revised writing projects completed in the course.)  Students may also request pre-approval of a course that they would ike to substitute for WRTG 10600 by emailing their request--along with a syllabus for the course--to the Director of First-Year Composition.

Contact Information:

Amy Quan, Director of First-Year Composition

E-mail: aquan@ithaca.edu
Office: 404A Smiddy
Ithaca, NY 14850

Advanced Placement Scores

A score of 4 or 5 on either the AP English Language and Composition or AP English Language and Literature exams will also satisfy the first-year composition requirement. Contact the Registrar's Office to have your AP scores reviewed for transfer credit. 

E-Portfolio Requirement

All IC students--including transfer students and students who have received a 4 or 5 on the AP English Exam--are required to upload to Taskstream (Ithaca College's E-Portfolio system) a minimum of one writing artifact that makes and supports a claim; locates him or herself in an ongoing conversation in academic or public discourse; and interacts with two or more sources. In addition to this one artifact, students will upload a reflection (e.g., literacy narrative, reflection letter, reflection analysis, questionnaire, memo). This reflection requirement is independent of the online form that all students must complete within Taskstream for each ICC requirement.