Advanced & Honors Courses

WRIT 1622: Advanced Rhetoric & Writing

A writing course for advanced first-year students, emphasizing rhetorical strategies for different academic and civic audiences and purposes; critical reading and analysis; and research. Course sections focus on a coherent set of texts, usually on an issue or theme; contact the Writing Program for specific information each quarter. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program; score of three or better on AP Language and Composition or Language and Literature exams, or four on the IB English; or permission of the director of writing.

WRIT 1633: Advanced Writing & Research

A continuation of WRIT 1622, this is a writing course for advanced first-year students, emphasizing rhetoric strategies for different academic and civic audiences and purposes; critical reading and analysis; and research. The course has a significant research component. Course sections focus on a coherent set of texts, usually on an issue or theme; contact the Writing Program for specific information each semester. Prerequisite: WRIT 1122 or 1622, plus one of the following: admission to the Honors Program; score of three or better on AP Language and Composition or Language and Literature exam, or four on the IB English or specific permission of the director of writing. 

Honors Writing is designed for students who will benefit from a particularly rigorous and in-depth experience with language. This class offers a theme around which students read serious and challenging texts and write at least 25 pages of polished prose, with additional less formal writings. The course offers advanced instruction in rhetorical theory and practice, as well as writing in multiple research traditions in the academy. Class is a highly participatory discussion format, and students will have latitude in choosing and directing much of their work. Topics vary from section to section. Prerequisite: admission to the Honors Program and either WRIT 1622 or 1122; or permission of the director of writing, in consultation with the director of Honors. For more information, see our Letter to Honors Students.

AB/IB Transfer

Students who wish to have International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) test scores fulfill the First-Year Writing Requirements must have those test scores officially transferred to the University of Denver. Once the DU Registrar has received and processed those test scores, each student's academic progress report (APR) will be updated with the classes that those scores have fulfilled. Students should examine their APRs to verify that all credits or waivers have been awarded.

  • Score of 4 or 5 on AP English Language

    Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Language exam receive credit for WRIT 1122. They must still complete WRIT 1633 or, if they are in the Honors Program, WRIT 1733. Non-honors students may substitute WRIT 1133, if they wish. 

  • Score of 5 on AP English Literature

    Students with a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam receive credit for WRIT 1122. They must still complete WRIT 1633 or, if they are in the Honors Program, WRIT 1733. Non-honors students may substitute WRIT 1133, if they wish.

  • Score of 3 on AP English Language (or 3/4 on AP English Literature)

    Students with a score of 3 on the AP English Language exam, or students with a score of 3 or 4 on the AP English Literature Exam are eligible to enroll in an Advanced Writing Seminar, first WRIT 1622, then WRIT 1633 or, if they are in the Honors Program, WRIT 1733. 

  • Score of 5, 6, or 7 on IB English Language

    Students with a score of 5, 6, or 7 on this exam receive credit for WRIT 1122. They must still complete WRIT 1633 or, if they are in the Honors Program, WRIT 1733. Non-honors students may substitute WRIT 1133, if they wish. 

  • Score of 7 on IB English Literature

    Students with a score of 7 on this exam receive credit for WRIT 1122. They must still complete WRIT 1633 or, if they are in the Honors Program, WRIT 1733. Non-honors students may substitute WRIT 1133, if they wish. 

  • Score of 4 on IB English Language or Score of 5 or 6 on IB English Literature

    Students with a score of 4 on Language and Literature exam or 5 or 6 on Literature exam are eligible to enroll in an Advanced Writing Seminar, first WRIT 1622, then WRIT 1633 or, if they are in the Honors Program, WRIT 1733.