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Writing Intensive Course Requirements

All students at Lehman are required to take courses with Writing Intensive sections.  Many different courses have sections labeled Writing Intensive.  These sections are taught with an emphasis on developing the writing, thinking and communication skills that are essential to a college education. 

A Writing Intensive section is identified by the "W" at the end of the section number.  For example, in the course POL 220, section J302W is Writing Intensive. These course sections change from semester to semester. The Schedule of Classes will indicate the Writing Intensive sections.

The number of Writing Intensive sections required depends on whether the student has transferred to Lehman or came as a freshman.

  • Students who begin Lehman as freshmen are required to complete 3 Writing Intensive course sections before 60 credits and 1 Writing Intensive section after 60 credits.
  • Students who transfer to Lehman with an associate's degree are required to take 2 Writing Intensive sections.
  • Students who transfer to Lehman with no degree but with fewer than 30 credits are required to complete 3 Writing Intensive course sections before 60 credits and 1 Writing Intensive section after 60 credits.
  • Students who transfer to Lehman with no degree but with 30 or more credits are required to complete 2 Writing Intensive course sections before 60 credits and 1 Writing Intensive section after 60 credits.
  • Students who transfer to Lehman with 60 or more credits are required to take 2 Writing Intensive sections.

Flexible Core / Distribution courses frequently have Writing Intensive sections.  Many of the popular major concentrations have Writing Intensive sections in intermediate or advanced courses required for the major. Writing Intensive sections in these major courses are often taken by students to meet the fourth Writing Intensive course requirement.