Core Writing Courses
UCCS students are required to complete two core writing courses in addition to two writing intensive courses. For their first core writing course, students select from among three options offered by the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program. For their second core writing requirement, courses are determined by a students' major.
The following courses have been approved to meet the core writing requirements.
Core Writing One
- ENGL 1300 + ENGL 1305
- ENGL 1308
- ENGL 1310
Core Writing Two
- ENGL 1410
- TCID 2080
- TCID 2090
- INOV 2100
The UCCS General Education goal of quantitative and qualitative reasoning proposes that well-educated people are able to think at a certain level of abstraction that includes competencies such as:
- Constructing a logical argument based on the rules of inference
- Analyzing and interpreting numerical data
- Applying mathematical methods to solve problems in university work and daily life.
The proficiency requirement of this goal thus has two principal objectives. The first is to provide students with the analytical tools used in core curriculum courses and in their major areas of study. The second is to help students acquire the reasoning skills necessary to assess adequately the problems that confront them in daily life.
This requirement can be satisfied by taking coursework in mathematics and in either logic/critical thinking or statistics. These courses can be either in the major or outside the major.
Each college may recommend courses for approval for this requirement and may then specify courses that their students should take to satisfy the requirement.
Currently, all UCCS undergraduates are required to submit a Writing Portfolio when they have earned between 60-90 credit hours. Students submit two papers, four or more pages each, from any course (besides ENGL 1310/1410 or their equivalents.) Group authored papers, lab reports, proposals, and other forms of student writing are acceptable portfolio submissions. Papers are scored as highly competent, competent, low pass, or needs work by faculty with expertise in writing instruction. Students who opt not to submit a writing portfolio, as well as those who do not pass the writing portfolio, are required to take ENGL 3010 (or ENGL 3080).
The purpose of the writing portfolio is to assess individual students' writing competency and to provide aggregated data about student writing performance for the purposes of assessment and accreditation. Faculty across disciplines score writing portfolios using a standardized rubric, which provides a different type of evaluation compared to the grades students earn on their writing assignments in courses.
Recent revision to the writing portfolio includes revising the scoring rubric, hiring faculty across disciplines to score writing portfolios, increasing communication with students about this graduation requirement, and encouraging students to work with the writing center on their portfolio submissions.
Future plans include moving the portfolio submission process online, working with departments to provide portfolio data for departmental assessment reports, and exploring alternative formats and content for the portfolio.