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. Another way of fulfilling the first-year writing requirement is to take Humanities 1-2, an interdisciplinary two-term course for first-year students offered only in fall and winter terms. Students interested in applying for Humanities 1–2 must contact the Humanities 1–2 program during the summer prior to registering for fall term. For details, see