The Writing Program at Xavier University consists of the following courses: English 101 (English Composition) and English 115 (Rhetoric). Most students take either English 101 or English 115 as freshman, and only these students should register for English 115: English majors and minors; students enrolled in an honors program (University Scholars; Philosophy, Politics, and the Public; and Honors Bachelor of Arts); and students whose degree programs require English 115.
Both courses fulfill a core requirement at Xavier, and there is not a system for students to test out of the requirement. However, students may receive credit for English 101 with a score of four or five on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition test. Students must earn a D in the course to fulfill the core requirement.