Composition Requirement

The Davidson College faculty believes that a strong liberal arts education requires significant practice in critical thinking, writing, and discussion. Regardless of major or eventual career choice, Davidson College graduates should be able to make sophisticated arguments about complex intellectual issues, and to do so with rhetorical power and clarity. To this end, each first-year student must pass a course that focuses on the techniques for producing effective academic and intellectual writing. The faculty has designated such courses as "WRI 101 courses," so named because of the "WRI 101" that appears on the student transcript. Limited to 16 students, each WRI 101 course provides a seminar setting where students receive guided practice in drafting and revising prose, learn the traditions of academic integrity, and practice robust deliberation about complex issues.

Meeting the Composition Requirement

There are two ways to meet the Composition requirement at Davidson:

  1. Successful completion of a WRI 101 course taught by faculty from across the college.
    WRI 101 courses are offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. WRI 101 course descriptions, guidelines for choosing a WRI course, and information about the course goals are available. 
  2. Successful completion of both Humanities 150 and 151 or both Humanities 160 and 161.  
    For more information about these courses, please consult the Humanities Program materials.