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 its two-term equivalent 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. For details, see