Expository Writing Program (2018 - 2020)
All College of Arts and Science students must satisfy the expository writing requirement by taking:
- Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA 1); or
- International Writing Workshop I and II (EXPOS-UA 4 and 9), for qualifying English as a second language (ESL) students; or
- Writing I and II (WRI-UF 1001 and 2002 in the Liberal Studies Program), for HEOP/C-STEP students.
Special sections of EXPOS-UA 1 are offered and vary by semester. Some are focused on the theme of science, health, and technology. Others are linked to topical "streams" (e.g., "Writing New York") that are available as part of the Residential College at Goddard, a by-application-only residence hall.
Writing Tutorial (EXPOS-UA 13) provides additional work in writing for undergraduates and is required for transfer students who do not successfully complete the University's writing proficiency exam requirement.
There are no exemptions from the College’s expository writing requirement.
International and English as a Second Language Students
In CAS, for most students, Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA 1) fulfills the College Core Curriculum writing requirement. Writing the Essay requires frequent analytical and reflective writing, which is common in other courses throughout NYU. The writing and reading assignments are challenging even for native speakers of English, and require them to develop conceptual frameworks for their arguments and ideas by working with a wide range of sophisticated and complex sources at a pace comfortable for most native speakers.
NYU recognizes that international students come with varying levels of language competency and fluency and require more time to complete challenging reading and writing assignments. For international students, there are alternate pathways to satisfying the Core writing requirement.
1) International students who attended English-language high schools for four years may be uncertain about the default placement into Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA 1). For those students, an option is placement within the International Writing sequence, beginning with International Writing Workshop 1 (EXPOS-UA 4), followed by International Writing Workshop 2 (EXPOS-UA 9). The expectations for International Writing Workshop 1 and 2 are the same as for Writing the Essay, but the classes are smaller and there is more time (two semesters) to complete the curriculum. For help determining whether Writing the Essay or International Writing Workshop 1 is the better choice for international students who attended English-language high schools for four years, please visit the Expository Writing Program webpage: ewp.cas.nyu.edu.
2) All international students who did not attend English-language high schools for four years are asked to take a survey designed to determine appropriate placement. Based on their survey responses, these students may be placed into International Writing Workshop: Introduction (EXPOS-UA 3), which is followed by International Writing Workshop I (EXPOS-UA 4) and then by International Writing Workshop II (EXPOS-UA 9). The preliminary course, International Writing Workshop: Introduction, is taught in an environment where gaining fluency in reading, writing, and speaking in English is an expected part of the coursework, and offers the international student more time and support for reading, writing, and speaking. For questions about survey results, please consult with your adviser.