First-Year Writing Curriculum


The First-Year Writing Program at The Ohio State University consists of the courses English 1110.01, English 1110.02 and English 1110.03. All three of these courses fulfill the university’s first General Education Writing and Related Skills requirement, though each is structured slightly differently to respond to the needs of a range of students. 


English 1110.01 or 1110.02: First-Year English Composition

  • English 1110.01 provides exposure to and practice of critical analysis through extensive writing practice and intensive reading of student- and professionally-authored texts.
  • English 1110.02 differs from English 1110.01 in that the course readings are primarily literary texts.

Both 1110.01 and 1110.02 meet the GE writing requirement.


English 1110.03: First-Year English Composition

Students can place directly into 1110.03 from the placement test or take this course following successful completion of 1109. Enrollment in English 1110.03 is limited to no more than 15 students.

The curriculum of 1110.03 is aligned with the curriculum of all 1110 courses, and students who complete this course receive credit for the first GE writing requirement.


English 1193

Students in 1110.03 concurrently enroll in English 1193, a one-hour companion course that provides additional tutoring and support. The requirements of 1193 may vary by campus, so check with your instructor about expectations for 1193.


English 1109: Intensive Writing and Reading

These four-hour courses meet four days each week for 55 minutes each day. 1109 is a small class with no more than 15 students. Individual syllabi vary somewhat, but most sections ask students to investigate a theme through intensive writing and reading. The goal of this course is to give students intensive practice with college-level reading and writing projects. After completing 1109, students enroll in 1110.03.

1109 does not meet the GE writing requirement.