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Transfer Credit and the Writing Requirement

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The Program in Writing and Rhetoric works closely with the Registrar’s Office to determine whether college writing and speaking courses taken outside of Stanford can fulfill the WR 1 or WR 2 requirements.  If you want to pursue this sort of request, the course in question must be from an accredited university and be already accepted by the Stanford Registrar for transfer credit.

To start the process for inquiring whether you can satisfy the writing requirement(s) through transfer credit, review the procedure on the Transfer Credit Policy webpage; for additional questions about the writing requirement that might arise during this process, you also can contact PWR at

In order to exempt a student from PWR 1 or PWR 2 based on prior coursework elsewhere, we need to establish that the course had a pedagogical approach and assignment requirements equivalent to the PWR course in question.

You must provide:

  • The name of the class, professor, institution, the year that you took the course, and the number of weeks and hours per week that the class met
  • The course syllabus, including class schedule
  • Any additional assignment sheets that the instructor may have given you for major writing (and for PWR 2 equivalence, speaking) assignments

Note: AP English courses cannot satisfy the WR 1 or WR 2 requirement.  In addition, you can't count the same course toward both PWR 1 and PWR 2 equivalence.

Follow the links below to review the specific criteria that we use to evaluate courses for PWR 1 or PWR 2 equivalence.