First-Year Writing at CMU
View the Fall 2019 course schedule and descriptions for the Option 1 mini courses.
View the Fall 2019 course schedule and descriptions for the Option 2 full-semester courses.
View the Fall 2019 schedule and descriptions for the 76-100 courses.
Click here for details about the First-Year Writing course placement process.
All students at Carnegie Mellon must complete the First-Year Writing requirement—we do not accept any Advanced Placement exemptions. However, students have several options for fulfilling this requirement. All First-Year Writing courses are designed to teach students how to adapt to new writing situations and connect their learning to future communication tasks, so you can feel confident about any course option you choose.
Why choose option 1?
Why choose option 2?
Some incoming students whose first or primary language is not English may be required to take 76-100, Reading and Writing in an Academic Context. Students who are placed in 76-100 should complete this course during their first semester, before choosing one of the above options to fulfill the First-Year Writing requirement during their second semester. For more information about the First-Year Writing course placement process, please click here.