Frequently Asked Questions

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I heard that some students challenged their English placement by submitting an essay online over the summer. Does that program still exist? 
No. We cancelled the Online Challenge program after the Fall of 2010.

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What's the difference between English 1001 and English 2000?
While English 1001 is focused on analytical writing, English 2000 is focused on argumentative writing. Analytical writing requires that students learn how to interpret and understand texts while argument writing teaches students how to use texts to persuade audiences. We believe it is important for students to learn how to understand evidence before they use that evidence to influence others.

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Why do I have to take both English 1001 and English 2000?
Two semesters of writing are required at LSU so you can have sufficient practice and feedback to be able to succeed in future writing assignments.

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How is writing relevant to my major and my future career as a doctor, engineer, etc.?
Learning to write helps you develop thinking, research, and communication skills that can transfer across the disciplines. Even if you are planning to pursue a career in the sciences, writing will be an essential feature of everyday work. Doctors write and interpret patient reports. Engineers write proposals to gain clients. Scientists write lab reports and scholarly articles. Everyone writes emails.

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Since I passed out of English 1001, can I take English 2000 my Freshmen year?
No. We require that all students take English 2000 the second semester of their sophomore year or after they've earned 39 credit hours.

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Where do I go to appeal a grade or transfer credits?
Ask for help at the front desk of Allen 260 and someone will be happy to walk you through the process.

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Please read the other categories under Placement. If you have further questions, please email uwprogram@lsu.edu or visit the UWP Director or Associate Director in 260 Allen Hall between Monday and Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.