Writing Program


Writing Program faculty teach the required 100, 200, and 300-level writing courses in academic reading and writing, courses which are also part of the State of Colorado's Guaranteed Transfer (GT Pathways) policy. All composition courses must be completed with a C- or higher for a student to enroll in the next course in the sequence.

The required 100-level course is a one-term course (Comp 150). Successful completion with a C- or higher of Comp 150 fulfills the student's 100-level composition requirement. Comp 150 are both approved GT Pathways courses that fulfill the GT Pathways CO-1 requirement.

Students may place into our preparatory courses, TRS 91, which must be completed successfully with a C- or higher before the student can enroll in Comp 150.

Beginning with the 2007-2008 academic catalog, students are also required to complete a 200-level composition course for graduation. The prerequisite for all GT-CO2 courses is a GT-CO1 with a C- or higher. Students may choose to take any one of the following courses to complete the GT Pathways CO-2 requirement:

  • Comp 250 (Academic Inquiry and Writing, 4 credits)
  • Comp 252 (Professional and Technical Writing, 4 credits)
  • Comp 253 (Action Research, 4 credits)
  • English 268 (Reading Texts/Writing Texts, 4 credits)
  • History 250 (Historical Composition, 4 credits)
  • Soc 210 (Ethnography and Writing, 4 credits)

Each of these courses is an approved GT Pathways course. Each class has a different focus, so it is important to choose the class that makes sense based on your major/minor, personal interests, and future career plans. This page describes each course in more detail and offers advice regarding the selection of an individual CO-2 course. Any CO-2 class must be completed with a grade of C- or higher to enroll in a CO-3 course.

Beginning with the 2009-2010 academic catalog, students may complete a 300-level composition course for graduation. Currently, Comp 350 or Comp 352 will fulfill the GT Pathways CO-3 requirement.  Students who wish to enroll in Comp 350 or 352 must have fulfilled their CO-2 requirement and have successfully completed 30 credit hours of college-level courses.

The Writing Program plays an active role in the summer orientation and advising program to ensure that students are well-placed for academic success. Each student's placement is based on his or her ACT English and SAT Verbal scores, Academic Index, and Reading/Writing Profiles.

Because the learning outcomes for the 100-level composition courses provide a foundation for achievement throughout a student's program at Fort Lewis College, very few students are exempted from taking 100-level composition. Students may be exempted if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Test for English Composition/Literature
  • A score of 650 or higher on the SAT II Writing Test
  • A score of 4 or higher on the English Exam of the International Baccalaureate Program

Transfer students who took freshman composition at another college but did not receive transfer credit for it may be considered for a waiver by the Writing Program Director based on a portfolio evaluation of the student's academic writing.

Beginning with the 2007-2008 academic catalog, Lib 150 is no longer a required course. Instead, research and information literacy skills are integrated into 100 and 200-level composition courses as well as into upper-division courses in the majors.

However, some students who began their enrollment at Fort Lewis College in 1995 or later and are operating under a catalog earlier than the 2007-2008 catalog will need to take a gtPathways CO2 course to satisfy their Lib 150 requirement. As of August 31, 2009, the credit-by-exam for Lib 150 is no longer be offered and students must complete a gtPathways CO2 course to get the appropriate credit.