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Writing Program

The Writing Program provides direction and support to the first-year writing courses and instructors at Ball State University. The program is recognized as one of the best Writing Programs in the country, receiving the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the national Conference on College Composition and Communication.

First-year writing is considered foundational for students making the transition from high school to college-level writing. At Ball State, first-year writing emphasizes the rhetorical nature of writing and reading, argumentation, multimodality, inquiry, and primary and secondary research. 

Most Ball State students will take one of three tracks to meet their first-year writing requirement:

1. English 101 + English 102 + English 104

2. English 103 + English 104

3. English 114 (Honors students only)

Each student's track is determined by a combination of test scores (ACT or SAT) and high school academic index; students should see their advisor if they have any questions about their first-year writing placement.

The Writing Program works closely with the Writing Center, a key component of writing support for students at Ball State. All students, whether enrolled in first-year writing or not, are able to get free one-to-one feedback on their writing at the center.

For more information about the Writing Program, please contact Dr. Michael Donnelly, Writing Program Director. 

The Writing Program main office is located on the second floor of the Robert Bell Building, Room 295.