English Courses

First-Year English Courses 

All students at Lehigh are required to take two courses of first-year English: ENGL 001: Critical Reading and Composition and ENGL 002: Research and Argument. 

For students coming in with Transfer credit for ENGL 001 the appropriate next course is ENGL 002.

For students coming in with AP credit for ENGL 001 or who have placed out of ENGL 001 via their SAT or ACT scores, the appropriate next course is ENGL 011: Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing. 

English for International Students

New international students will take an English placement test at International Orientation in August. Based on those placement test results as well as other English language documentation, the International Center for Academic and Professional English (ICAPE) will work with students to place them on one of three tracks: 

1. ENGL 001 and 002 only

2. ENGL 001 and 002 with special recitation for international English speakers 

3. ENGL 003: Composition and Literature I for International Writers and ENGL 005: Composition and Literature II for International Writers

English Composition Advanced Placement, ACT, SAT, and IB Policy

All first year students in CAS  must take two courses in First Year Writing: ENGL 001: Critical Reading and Composition and ENGL 002: Research and Argument. Students may earn credit for ENGL 001 and 002 in a number of ways detailed below. Students who earn credit for ENGL 001 via the criteria below will need to take ENGL 011: Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing to fulfill the second course requirement instead of taking ENGL 002. 
 

If you earn a score of 4 on either of the English AP exams you will earn three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a score of 5 on either of the English AP exams you will earn six credits for ENGL 001 and 002*.

If you earn a score of 700-749 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Exam, you will earn three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a 750-800 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Exam, you will earn six credits for ENGL 001 and 002*. 

If you earn a score of 6 on the Optional SAT Essay Exam (all of the three parts), you will earn three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a score of 7 or higher on the Optional SAT Essay Exam (all of the three parts), you will earn six credits for ENGL 001 and 002*. 

If you earn a score of 32-34 on the ACT English Test, you will earn three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a score of 35-36 on the ACT English Test you will earn six credits for ENGL 001 and 002*. 

If you earn a score of 10 on the ACT Optional Writing Test, you will earn three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a score of 11-12 on the ACT Optional Writing Test you will earn six credits for ENGL 001 and 002*.

If you earn a score of 5 on the IB Test you will earn three credits for ENGL 001. 

*Please note this placement criteria will not apply after the Class of 2023. 

 
Exceptions and special cases:
  • Students in the Eckardt Scholar Program are exempt from all CAS requirements, including FY Writing.
  • Students in the IDEAS program fulfill the writing requirement by taking writing-intensive seminars in their program.
  • Multilingual students are assessed for proficiency by the International Center for Academic and Professional English.  Those who are deemed sufficiently proficient are placed in English 1 and 2; others are advised to take English 3 and 5.