WPP 394 (Writing Proficiency Seminar) is a junior-level writing seminar that allows eligible students to demonstrate their writing proficiency according to the criteria established by Ball State University's Writing Proficiency Program.

During each 3-week Seminar, students work with an instructor who provides intensive writing instruction and helps students prepare an outline that may be used to write a timed-writing essay. Like the essays of WPP392 (Writing Proficiency Exam), the WPP394 time-writing essay is assessed holistically by a team of readers and receives a  grade of CR or NC.

WPP394 is designated a 1-credit course and is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis. The 1 credit for WPP394 does count toward graduation, but does not assign quality points--i.e. the Seminar's grade does not impact a student's Grade Point Average. Successful completion of the Seminar satisfies the Writing Proficiency requirement; however, if a grade of NC is recorded, the student must successfully complete WPP393 (Writing Proficiency Course), instead.

WPP394 is offered three times a semester during the academic year, one time in Summer I and one time in Summer II, and is available in online sections for students in the Distance education baccalaureate programs.  

Beginning in Summer 2018, these rules apply:

  • At the time of enrollment for WPP 394 (Writing Proficiency Seminar), students must have at least 90 completed credit hours.
  • Students must also have credit for ENG 104 or its equivalent.