The Writing Requirement

Learning to write well is a developmental process that occurs over time. For this reason, all Brown undergraduates must work on their writing at least twice: once during the first half of their college experience, and once during the second half. Students meet the first half of the writing requirement in their first four semesters by completing an approved writing course at Brown. In semesters 5 through 7, students work on their writing a second time, either by taking another approved Brown course or by documenting that they have worked on their writing in any other course at Brown. 

Transfer students admitted as sophomores may meet the first part of Brown’s writing requirement with an approved course taken at their prior institution. Sophomore transfers with no such course must take an approved course at Brown, but have an additional two semesters to meet this part of the requirement. Transfer students admitted as juniors are exempt from part one of the requirement.

The PDF below provides more details on the writing requirement for each class. It’s important to know that the requirement as it is laid out here is a minimum expectation. Our hope is that students will work on their writing throughout their four years. By embracing this responsibility, students become stronger writers and thinkers, thus fulfilling a critical aspect of their liberal education.