Writing @ Longwood is a four-course sequence

Dr. Heather Lettner-Rust leading a class

Sound, convincing writing in all its many forms is the fundamental skill of all educated citizens and the bedrock of our department. Every professor makes strong writing a priority. They are always available for consultation, whether by email or during office hours.

Dr. Heather Lettner-Rust, Composition Coordinator lettnerrusthg@longwood.edu


English 150

Taken your first year, this course is capped at 18 to promote more interaction between you and your professor.

As a foundation to your other university courses, English 150 will help you develop college-level writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills, as well as learn different research techniques that will be beneficial in any discipline.

Writing Courses

You will take at least two writing-intensive courses in your major. Look for the (WI) designation when scheduling your classes.

These courses require 10 pages of composition over at least 2 assignments to help improve your writing through feedback and revisions.

English 400

This advanced writing seminar, also capped at 18, will help you learn new means of composition needed for participatory citizenship.

You will be able to apply knowledge gained from past general education courses and your major in order to analyze current issues and communicate through written discourse. You will be required to read and compose different genres of public writing, which will benefit you in the future.


Am I exempt from taking English 150?

You are exempt from English 150 if you received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Language and Composition test. You are also exempt from English 150 if you have completed the IB Diploma and received a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Higher-Level English A1 exam.

Should I take English 150 anyway?

"I believe AP courses and English 150 are both beneficial, but are not the same. My AP course did not give me the needed information or background for writing in college, whereas English 150 did." –Moriah Mayhew, ‘15

"I took English 150 in college even though I had taken the necessary AP class and was exempt because I felt that I still only knew how to write at a high school level. I wanted to go into college knowing that I had all the tools necessary to succeed and one of those tools was learning to write at a college level."—Melissa McClellan, ‘15