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Department of English Language and Literature

MSC03 2170
Humanities, Second Floor
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

Core Courses

Nearly every University of New Mexico student will come through the English department to fulfill their UNM core course requirements, English 101 &102, the Speaking and Writing Core, 219 or 220 and the Humanities Core with 150, 292, and 293. These core courses have been designed to develop key skills essential to a student's academic success. Students may be able to satisfy some of these core requirements either by transferring equivalent credits from another university, or by testing out of 101 or 102 through sufficiently high scores on the ACT English Exam, the SAT Verbal or Critical Reading Exam or the Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and English Language exams (see here for placement information and required scores). Students who pass 101 with a B- or better may choose to submit their writing for evaluation in the Writing Proficiency Portfolio program, rather than enrolling in English 102. Learn more on the Writing Proficiency Portfolio page.

Transferring Credits
Students who wish to have transferred courses considered to satisfy the Writing Proficiency Requirement should bring a credit evaluation statement, transcript, and relevant descriptions from the catalog of the credit-granting institution to the Freshman English Office for evaluation. To satisfy the requirement, a course must be a second-level course devoted primarily to composition, with significant attention to analytic and argumentative writing and to research. Some institutions' writing-intensive courses in disciplines other than English will satisfy this requirement.

If you believe your writing course from another institution may satisfy this requirement, please contact:

Dylan Gauntt
Curriculum Support Coordinator for Core Writing
Humanities 215 (505) 277-5576

English 101: Expository Writing
English 101 introduces students to many kinds of writing that are used in academic and professional situations and helps students learn to analyze and address the different  purposes and audiences they’ll encounter in their work at UNM and in their subsequent careers.

Students develop reading and writing skills that will transfer to their own fields of study. They learn to read complex nonfiction texts and to summarize, interpret, and draw inferences from them. They make observations, conduct surveys, and collect information from primary sources and from assigned readings. They write summaries, reports, evaluations, profiles, letters, memos, narratives, essays, blogs, or analyses, choosing their genres and making rhetorical choices according to the purpose of the writing and its audience. And they edit their work to be grammatically correct, with appropriate syntax and diction. 

English 102: Analysis and Argument
English 102 students learn to analyze other writers’ arguments, conduct research, and create their own arguments. Students learn the major strategies writers use to analyze a text or situation and make a convincing argument about it. They conduct source-based research and learn to assess arguments and information they encounter online, through directed readings, and through journal-based library searches. All English 102 classes include at least one library visit, during which students learn to use the university’s information resources. Students write letters to the editor, opinion pieces, essays, reviews, proposals and other forms that convince readers by providing analysis, evidence, and reasoning.  In addition to editing for correctness, students learn to incorporate quoted material effectively and to cite sources appropriately. 

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Prerequisites for 219 and 220: C or better in English 102, 650 or higher on the SAT or 29 or higher on the ACT.

English 219: Technical and Professional Writing
English 219 introduces students to the different types of documents found in the workplace. Students focus on how to analyze and understand readers’ needs as well as develop a coherent structure, clear style, and compelling page layout. Students learn useful writing and research strategies they can use as they write correspondence, procedures, resumes, presentations, proposals, and multi-page reports. Prerequisite English 102 or equivalent.

English 220: Expository Writing
English 220 is an intermediate writing course designed for students who have passed 101 and 102, and who wish to improve their writing skills to meet the demands of academic writing across the disciplines.  Course readings and assignments should provide students with opportunities to study and practice various rhetorical forms, and teach students the rhetorical foundations necessary for adapting writing to any situation.

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English 150, 292, and 293 are designed for non majors and have no pre-requisites.

English 150: The Study of Literature
An introduction to the study literature, emphasizing how critical understanding of literary genres, techniques, and conventions can enhance our appreciation of literature and its themes.

English 292: World Literatures: Ancient World Through the 16th Century
Survey of key texts in world literature from the ancient world through the 16th century. Includes fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Japan, India, China, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

English 293: World Literatures: 17th Century through the Present.
Survey of key texts in world literatures from the 17th century through the present. Includes fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction from the Japan, India, China, Africa, the Arabic world, Europe, and the Americas.

Placement information:

Your scores on the ACT English exam or the SAT Verbal or Critical Reading exam determine your placement in English 101 and 102 or your exemption from these courses and from the University Writing Proficiency Requirement. ACT and SAT scores do not earn credit.

Appropriate scores on the Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and English Language exams do earn credit for English 101, 102, and 150 and also help determine placement. Please note that some degree programs require students to take English 102 even if their exam scores fulfill the University Writing Proficiency Requirement. Your academic advisor will work with you during orientation to determine appropriate placement and credit.


ACT English
18 or lower into 100
19-25 into 101
26-28 into 102
29 or higher out of 101 & 102

SAT Verbal or Critical Reading

440 or lower into 100
450-600 into 101
610-640 into 102
650 or higher out of 101 & 102

An Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 or 4 on either English Literature & Comp or English Language & Comp earns credit for English 101 and qualifies you for placement in English 102.
An Advanced Placement (AP) score of 5 on either English Literature & Comp or English Language & Comp earns credit for English 101 and 102, satisfying the University Writing Requirement and qualifying you for placement in English 219 and 220.
Advanced Placement (AP) scores of 5 on both English Literature & Comp and English Language & Comp earns credit for English 101, 102 and 150.