VCU Honors College

Academics

Honors writing sequence

Non-honors students at VCU are required to complete a writing sequence that includes three courses: UNIV 111, UNIV 112, and UNIV 200. These courses are titled Focused Inquiry I, Focused Inquiry II, and Inquiry and the Craft of Argument, respectively.

However, The Honors College presents a unique opportunity for students admitted to the honors College as freshmen to satisfy the University writing sequence requirements. Those students admitted to the Honors College as freshmen will complete an alternate writing sequence comprised of just two honors courses: ENGL 295 (The Reading and Writing of Fiction and Poetry) and HONR 200 (Rhetoric). As long as honors students complete both ENGL 295 and HONR 200 successfully during freshman year, they will satisfy the 3-course University writing sequence (UNIV 111, 112, and 200).

Please note, however, that failure to complete either one of the honors writing courses (ENGL 295 and HONR 200) will mean that a student must satisfy the University requirements via a more traditional route. Specifically, if ENGL 295 is not completed satisfactorily, students will need to satisfy UNIV 111 and UNIV 112 by taking the courses at VCU or presenting AP/IB or dual enrollment credit. Similarly, if HONR 200 is not completed satisfactorily, the student will need to either retake HONR 200 in the summer immediately before sophomore year, or they will need to satisfy UNIV 111, UNIV 112, and UNIV 200 by taking the courses at VCU or presenting AP/IB or dual enrollment credit. Students concerned about completing the honors writing sequence should consult the honors advisor.