About Writing 5

WRIT 5 introduces Dartmouth students to critical writing and treats writing not primarily as an instrument for communication but as a practice, a practice of thinking, by means of which ideas are discovered, examined, compared, evaluated, refined, and promoted. Each section of WRIT 5 organizes its writing assignments around challenging readings chosen by the instructor. The texts for the class also include student writing.

WRIT 5 class size is limited to 16 to allow for individualized attention. Enrollment above the limit is never allowed in a WRIT 5 course. Open slots are first-come, first-served. No waiting lists are maintained.

Students must successfully complete WRIT 5 or an equivalent course to fulfill the first-year writing requirement and then complete a First-Year Seminar (or HUM 2) to complete the first-year seminar requirement.

Students who complete the online directed self-placement process for first-year writing and accept a recommendation to take WRIT 5 are assigned to take the course either in the fall or winter; this assignment cannot be changed. WRIT 5 term assignment information appears in the online student placement record visible to students and their pre-major advisors just prior to fall course registration.