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Welcome to the First-Year Writing Program at San José State University!

We have designed the First-Year Writing Program to help you realize your potential as a writer and critical thinker. We will coach you to find your voice—academically, professionally, and personally—so you can contribute to ongoing local, regional, national, and global conversations. All of our courses emphasize the writing process:  prewriting, organizing, composing, revising, and editing. This process will help you approach any writing task with confidence and clarity—whatever the subject, whatever the discipline. 

We offer several courses to choose from as you develop your writing and satisfy your general education requirements. We believe that, with a little guidance from us, you are the one best able to determine the writing courses that are right for you. So, we have developed a process to help you decide. The links below describe the different writing courses and the selection process.  We look forward to seeing you in our classes.

NOTE: Completing the two-year Humanities Honors program also earns credit for General Education Areas A2 and A3. Humanities Honors students complete the Reflection on College Writing and will choose Humanities 1A as their fall writing course. For more information, go to the Humanities Program website.  


What We Offer in First Year Writing:

Course Descriptions 

How to Choose Your English 1A Course:

How to Choose Your Writing Course

Do I have an Early Start Requirement in Writing?

Enrollment category flow chart


Am I exempt from English 1A?

Credit by Exam for English Chart


What Course to Choose after English 1A 

Course Descriptions

Decision Chart


If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact: 

Dr. Richard McNabb
Writing Program Administrator

Dr. Cindy Baer
Assistant Writing Program Administrator
Stretch English Coordinator

Dr. Ryan Skinnell
Assistant Writing Program Administrator