Composition Requirements

At FMU, students must earn a minimum of 6 hours in English Composition with a grade of C or higher in each course, ending with English 102.

When entering FMU, most students will select between 101 or 101E/101L – that first course of our composition sequence. However, some students might have received college credit for that prior to enrolling. Students who have transfer, dual enrollment, or AP credit for one or more composition courses should consult their transcripts, their advisors, or the Registrar to determine what course is needed.

New students or students who have not taken composition courses at FMU and do not have transfer, dual enrollment, or AP credit, need to read about the courses and complete the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) process.  This process requires students to make an informed decision about where they will begin the composition sequence: with ENG 101 or with ENG 101E, an extended version of ENG 101 that offers additional support for students who feel they will be more successful in that environment.

An important note: DSP works because it allows students to make an educated decision about their college composition courses. Other placement methods may rely solely on  SAT or ACT scores; however, this DSP method pulls from multiple factors while encouraging students to make the decision that will better position them for academic success. Advisors  may guide students in the DSP process to the extent that they you feel comfortable, but  doing so.  However, under no circumstances should an advisor make the decision for a student about whether to enroll in either ENG 101 or ENG 101E.

Read more about the research and philosophy behind the decision to implement Directed Self-Placement at Francis Marion.

Students who started their composition requirements before Fall 2016 may find themselves meeting the composition requirements with courses from our new sequence as well as courses from our former sequence (ENG 111, 112, or 200). For these cases, refer to these guidelines to determine whether the composition requirements have been met or how to meet them.