General Studies Writing Program
Exemption From GSW 1120
In GSW 1120 (Academic Writing), the only academic class required of all students at BGSU, students develop writing and researching skills needed throughout their academic careers. Sometimes, students master these skills without having taken GSW 1120 or transferring its equivalent from another institution. Students with superior analytical writing skills and clear command of synthesis, research, and documentation methods may be suitable candidates for GSW 1120 exemption.
For more information on the GSW courses, click on the link GSW course information for 1100, 1110, 1120, and specialized sections.
A student seeking exemption (or, in specific circumstances, credit by exam) must meet with the Assistant Director of General Studies Writing to:
- Discuss reason(s) for seeking exemption, previous coursework, level of preparedness in synthesis writing, academic standing, transfer credit history, etc.
- Learn about the exemption procedure, the nature of the Exemption Essay, and the research paper requirement.
- If appropriate, complete an Application for Exemption from GSW 1120 form. At this point, the Assistant Director will give the student guidelines for producing an Exemption Essay.
During this meeting, the Assistant Director will determine whether or not the student is eligible to begin the two-step exemption process.
Click on the link for contact information of the Assistant Director of General Studies Writing.