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.

Contact Dr. Jen McConnel, Composition Coordinator mcconneljm@longwood.edu


English 165

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 165 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.


Am I exempt from taking English 165?

You are exempt from English 165 if you received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Language and Composition test. You are also exempt from English 165 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 165 anyway?

Yes, English 165 will give you the foundation and tool to write at the college level. AP courses and English 165 are both beneficial, but are not the same.