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Program Requirements

All first-year LSWA students are required to:

  • Take LSWA 125 (Introduction to College Writing) in fall term
    • This also fulfills the First Year Writing Requirement for LSA.
      • ENGLISH 125 does not substitute for this LSWA course.
      • If you are an Honors or Engineering student, please contact LSWA staff during registration at
  • Take at least one other LSWA course during winter term. These courses may include:
    • LSWA 140 (Studio Art, fulfills LSA Creative Expression)
    • LSWA 130 (Writing and the Arts I, fulfills LSA Creative Expression)
    • LSWA 230 (Writing and the Arts II, fulfills LSA Creative Expression, satisfies a prerequisite for the Minor in Writing)
    • LSWA 228 (What Is Writing, fulfills LSA Humanities)
  • Participate in an LSWA club
    • Clubs are run by student-leaders and meet 4 times per month
    • Past writing/arts clubs have included: Arts and Literary Journal; Creative Writing; Dance; Film; Music; Photography; Poetry; Community Service; Art; Fashion; Graphic novel; Speaking and Performance
  • Attend three all-community events each semester

Community Participation

To encourage community participation, students earn points towards a portion of course grades for attending events and club meetings, and for submitting their favorite work in fall semester.

Please note: Program requirements are mandatory. Students must meet course requirements to remain in the program and in the residence hall.