Writing 5

About Writing 5

(one-term course taught in fall or winter terms)

Writing 5 introduces Dartmouth students to the writing process that characterizes intellectual work in the academy and in educated public discourse. Each section of Writing 5 organizes its writing assignments around challenging readings chosen by the instructor. The texts for the class also include student writing. The course focuses primarily on the writing process, emphasizing careful analysis, thoughtful questions, and strategies of effective argument.

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

Students must successfully complete Writing 5 or its approved equivalents to fulfill the first-year writing requirement and then complete a First-year Seminar (or Humanities 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 Writing 5 are assigned to take the course either in the fall or winter; this assignment cannot be changed. Writing 5 term assignment information appears in the online student placement record visible to students and their advisors just prior to fall course registration.

Writing 5 does not serve in partial satisfaction of the General Education requirements such as distributive requirements or the world culture requirement.