USF Transfer Equivalency Policies
USF's English Composition requirement consists of a minimum of six (6) semester hours of approved course work in English Composition, usually ENC 1101 and 1102. Students may satisfy USF's English Composition requirement by earning a letter grade of "C-" or better in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 at USF or their equivalent at another institution.
Note: If you have graduated with an AA/AS from a Florida community college and still have not received credit for your composition course, please call Jessica McCarty in the TRAC office, 813 974-2645.
Some students qualify for exemption from ENC 1101 and/or ENC 1102, either because they have taken equivalent courses or because they have received scores on exams that have been deemed equivalent to ENC 1101 and/or ENC 1102 by the Florida SUS Articulation Coordinating Committee.
Exemption Because of Scores on Exams That USF Accepts as Equivalent to ENC 1101 and/or ENC 1102:
Visit the Undergraduate Studies Exam Equivalency page to determine what exams and scores USF views as equivalent to ENC 1101 and/or ENC 1102: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/student/crbyexam/exams.cfm
Note: If you have questions about your exams and equivalency, please contact Ms. Catherine Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 813 974-5694. For students to receive credit for their test scores, they need to have their test scores sent to
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620-6900
How to Request an Exemption
If you believe you qualify for exemption from ENC 1101 (Composition I) or ENC 1102 (Composition II), please follow these steps:
1. Submit the following to the academic adviser in your major field:
2. If your adviser agrees that you qualify for exemption from 1101 or 1102, he or she will then forward your completed forms to Deedra Hickman, Academic Services Administrator, in the English Department (CPR 359, 813-974-9463, email@example.com).
3. You will be notified once the English department approves or rejects your request.
What Courses Typically Are Considered Equivalent to ENC 1101 and/or ENC 1102:
Generally, equivalent composition courses are writing intensive: the grades are determined by three or four research-based essays. Plus, it must meet the following USF Gordon Rule Requirements:
An integral part of writing instruction is the opportunity to revise documents in response to feedback, so students should revise at least some course writing assignments after receiving feedback from faculty or graders assigned to the course. At a minimum, students should write 4500 words for each course, excluding assignments for which students do not receive any feedback. At least one assignment should include submission of a revision in response to substantive teacher/grader feedback. All stages of such papers count toward the 4500 word minimum. http://www.ugs.usf.edu/gec/GordonRule.htm
Note: Composition courses at USF are designed to improve students' academic writing, research, and critical thinking skills. In general, business writing classes, developmental English classes, professional or technical writing classes and literature classes are NOT equivalent to Composition 1 or 2. Courses in fiction or creative fiction that do not have an extensive research component are generally not considered equivalent.
4. If you believe you have grounds to appeal this decision, contact Janet Moore, Associate Dean of Undergraduate studies, firstname.lastname@example.org