First-Year Writing Requirement

All first-year students are required to fulfill Dartmouth's first-year writing requirement. Through the first-year writing courses, the College offers entering students a valuable opportunity to develop the thinking, research, writing, and presentation abilities that characterize intellectual work in the academy and in educated public discourse.

Most first-year students take Writing 5 (or Writing 2-3) followed by a First-year Seminar to fulfill the first-year writing requirement. As of Fall 2012, completion of Humanities 1-2 is another way to satisfy the first-year writing requirement usually fulfilled by taking Writing 5 and a First-year Seminar. Humanities 1 and 2: Dialogues with the Classics is an interdisciplinary, two-term, two-credit course sequence taught for first-year students in fall and winter terms. Students interested in applying to take Humanities 1-2 must contact the Humanities 1-2 program during the summer prior to registering for fall term.