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Directed Self-Placement for English Composition

All students must fulfill the English Composition requirement to graduate from UMBC.  To fulfill the English Composition graduation requirement, students must either take an English Composition course at UMBC or have a test score or transfer course on file which grants credit equivalent to ENGL 100 or ENGL 110. Students should fulfill this requirement within their first 30 credits at UMBC.

Directed Self-Placement

Beginning in 2021, UMBC students no longer need to take the English Placement Test to enroll in an English Composition course. Students will work with their academic advisors to determine which English composition course is appropriate and then register for that course.

English Department Course Descriptions

Contact:  Carol Fitzpatrick, cfitzpat@umbc.edu

ENGL 100 and ENGL 110 both fulfill the English Composition general education requirement.

ENGL 100

ENGL 100 is a course in critical thinking, reading, and composing, with an emphasis on integrating academic research and documentation. Students read and produce work for a variety of purposes and audiences, focusing on strategies for researching, organizing, drafting, sharing, and revising.

ENGL 110

ENGL 110 is a composition course for students whose first language is other than English or who speak a language other than English at home. Similar to English 100, English 110 is a course in critical thinking, reading, and composing, with an emphasis on integrating academic research and documentation. Students read and produce work for a variety of purposes and audiences, focusing on strategies for researching, organizing, drafting, sharing, and revising. Course work will emphasize academic essay patterns and writing techniques. Students may be assigned additional grammar work if necessary.

Who should take ENGL 110? Watch this video for more information.

English Language Institute (ELI) Course Descriptions

Contact: Ryan Sheldon, sheldo1@umbc.edu

ELI courses do NOT fulfill the English Composition requirement but prepare students to take ENGL 110.

The ELI is an Intensive English Program that offers classes to language learners of all levels.  Our Academic English Program (AEP) is designed for current or future degree seeking students who are in need of additional practice with their reading and writing skills.  More information on these classes can be found at http://eli.umbc.edu/aep.php.

ELC 41/51
These courses are designed to prepare advanced English Language students to develop academic writing skills to write in English with university-level competence and accuracy. Students develop their skills with the writing process, academic vocabulary, advanced grammatical structures, presentation and analysis of research topics, and narrative and persuasive writing. Students learn to write for specific audiences and purposes and to produce a research paper.

ELC 42/52
These courses are designed to work in tandem with ELC 41/51 to help advanced English learners develop critical reading skills using a variety of source materials. Readings may include articles, non-fiction writing gathered from a wide range of genres, and data presentations. Students will develop advanced comprehension skills and be able to identify major points and types of support, separate fact from opinion, and analyze vocabulary used in the text.

Satisfying the English Composition Requirement

College credit for the English Composition General Education Requirement can be achieved in four ways:

  1. Successful completion of English 100 or English 110 with a grade of “C” or better within the first 30 credits of enrollment at UMBC. 
  2. Advanced Placement (AP) Exams 
    • English Language and Composition (4 or higher)
    • English Literature and Composition (4 or higher)
  3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Testing
    • College Composition (67 or higher)
    • The following exams are also equivalent to ENGL100: English Comp with Essay, Freshman Comp with Essay, or College Comp Modular with essay.
  4. Transfer credit
    • Any course that transfers in exactly as ENGL 100 or ENGL 110, and not a “100-level Elective”—this credit MUST be on file with the Office of the Registrar by Orientation or before you register for courses.

If you are transferring from any community college in Maryland, you can use the ARTSYS website as a guide for transferring courses. Please note that UMBC’s transfer policies may change without being reflected on the ARTSYS website. The Academic Success Center does NOT handle any external testing scores. Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information about transfer credit and transfer policies.

Testing scores do NOT transfer from one institution to another. Scores must be sent from the testing institution to UMBC. UMBC’s CEEB code is 5835.