First-Year Writing Program

The Department of English at California State University, Fresno welcomes you to campus. We look forward to working with you in our First-Year Writing Program, which meets the General Education Area A-2 requirement.

About the Program

You have an important decision to make about the writing class you will take to meet the university's General Education first-year writing requirement. Unlike many universities that place students into a course without their input, in the Fresno State writing program we use a Directed Self-Placement approach, or DSP.

We want you to choose the first-year writing class that best meets your needs. Below are your options, most of which also come with supplemental support.

Exempt

No first-year writing class needed.

More Details: Exempt for GE Area A-2

This is for students who scored 3 or higher on the AP exam or have the equivalent course at another institution of higher education.

Accelerated

  CHOOSE OR

First OR Second semester

 

English 10

English 10

WITH English 1L

 

More Details: The Accelerated Option

English 10: Accelerated Academic Literacy

(1 semester, 1 course, 3 units)

OR

English 10: Accelerated Academic Literacy

WITH

English 1L: Writing Center Tutorial

(1 semester, 2 courses, 4 units)

Stretch

  CHOOSE OR OR
First
semester

English 5A

English 5A

WITH English 1L
(in one semester or the other)

English 5A

WITH English 1L
(in both semesters)

Second
semester

English 5B

English 5B

WITH English 1L
(in one semester or the other)

English 5B

WITH English 1L
(in both semesters)

 

More Details: The Stretch Option

English 5A and 5B: Academic Literacy I and II

(2 semesters, 2 courses, 6 units)

OR

English 5A and 5B: Academic Literacy I and II

WITH

English 1L: Writing Center Tutorial (during one semester)

(2 semesters, 3 courses, 7 units)

OR

English 5A and 5B: Academic Literacy I and II

WITH

English 1L: Writing Center Tutorial (during both semesters)

(2 semesters, 4 courses, 8 units)

Multilingual

  CHOOSE OR OR
First
semester

English 5A
(in Linguistics)

English 5A (in Linguistics)

WITH English 1L 
(in one semester or the other)

English 5A (in Linguistics)

WITH English 1L 
(in both semesters)

Second
semester

English 5B
(in Linguistics)

English 5B (in Linguistics)

WITH English 1L 
(in one semester or the other)

English 5B (in Linguistics)

WITH English 1L 
(in both semesters)

 

More Details: The Multilingual Option

English 5A and 5B: Academic Literacy I and II (Linguistics)

Note: This option is taught in the Department of Linguistics. It provides additional language support and learning for students who need it.

(2 semesters, 2 courses, 6 units)

OR

English 5A and 5B: Academic Literacy I and II (Linguistics)

WITH

English 1L: Writing Center Tutorial (during one semester)

(2 semesters, 3 courses, 7 units)

OR

English 5A and 5B: Academic Literacy I and II (Linguistics)

WITH

English 1L: Writing Center Tutorial (during both semesters)

(2 semesters, 4 courses, 8 units)

 

*Please note: English 1L is a semester-long, small-group tutorial that directly supports the work students do in the first-year writing class they choose. Students must sign up for this optional Writing Center tutorial during the first-week visit to the center as part of your first-year writing class, by going to the center (Education Building, room 184), or by calling 559.278.0334 within the first two weeks of instruction.

How to Choose Your Option

To determine which option best matches your current level of reading and writing proficiency, we ask that you first take the Directed Self-Placement Self-Inventory survey. You have already received the survey to your Fresno State email, but if you haven't yet taken the survey, please do so now.

If the survey alone does not help you determine which class best meets your individual reading and writing needs, we suggest you consult some of our additional web pages to find out more about the different options, including our Frequently Asked Questions page, which addresses multiple measures, AP exams, and other relevant information for choosing a first-year writing course.

Remember that English 10 and English 5A/B are required classes that meet the General Education (A-2) lower-division writing requirement. If you have not met that requirement, you need a first-year writing class.

Additional Resources

Learning Center

Fresno State's Learning Center provides tutoring in a number of disciplines, including ESL tutoring for students. You can access a tutor through scheduled appointments or through drop-in.

The Learning Center is located in the Collection Level of the Henry Madden Library and can be contacted at learningcenter@csufresno.edu or 559.278.3052.

Contact Us

Program Coordinators

Dr. Virginia Crisco
Email

Dr. Bo Wang
Email

Phone

559.278.2553