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Core Courses

Nearly every University of New Mexico student will come through the English department to fulfill their UNM Core Curriculum requirements:  English 110, 111/112, or 113, and 120, the Writing & Speaking Core, 219 or 220, or 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 110 or 120 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 (learn more).

Students who pass 110 with a B or better may choose to submit their writing for evaluation in the Writing Proficiency Portfolio program, rather than enrolling in English 120 (learn more).

Read more about the Core Literature requirements.

Read more about the Core Writing requirements.

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:

Gloria Sands
Program Coordinator for Core Writing
Humanities 269
(505) 277-5576
gsands@unm.edu

Department of English Language and Literature
Humanities Building, Second Floor
MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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

english@unm.edu