Frequently Asked Questions

What courses does the Office of First-Year Composition oversee?

What prerequisites do the FYC courses have?

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Do you offer any courses that are specifically for international students?

Yes! Sections 104 and 105 of ENGL 1113 are designed specifically for international students. 

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Do you offer any courses that are specifically for exchange students?

ENGL 1013 is English for Exchange Students.

How can I test out of English 1113 and/or English 1213?

The principle way to test out of ENGL 1113 is by CLEP testing. CLEP tests are administered by the Center for Independent and Distance Learning. It isn’t possible to take a CLEP test for ENGL 1213 and our departmental Advanced Standing Exam. For detailed information on each of these options, please visit our policies tab by clicking here.

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What if I only received partial credit for ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1213 on a course transferring from another university?

You will need to take the Advanced Standing Test. For more information, please come to the FYC Office to pick up the necessary form and to have the process explained.

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Why am I getting a prerequisite hold when I try to enroll?

There are a variety of reasons you might have a prerequisite hold when trying to enroll. Start by making sure you have the prerequisite(s) listed in the course catalog. If you are still unable to determine why you have the hold, contact the FYC Office for more information at (405) 325-5927 or fyc@ou.edu.

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Why am I getting a departmental/instructor permission hold when I try to enroll?

There are a variety of reasons you might have a departmental/instructor permission hold when trying to enroll. Contact the FYC office for more information at (405) 325-5927 or fyc@ou.edu

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How does late enrollment work?

Students may change sections of ENGL 1113 and 1213 during the first week of the semester as long as the class they are changing to has seats available. ENGL 1113 and 1213 classes both have a hard cap at 19 students by the University, so students should make sure that the section they are switching to has seats available before withdrawing from their current section. The cap of 19 students is not flexible under any circumstances, regardless of the teacher’s willingness. 

After the first week of the semester has passed, students need to get the permission of the instructor of the section they are moving to before attempting the change. If permission is granted, the student will provide proof of the instructor’s permission to the FYC office, at which time the FYC staff will grant the change. 

After the second week of classes, section changes must go through the dean’s office of the student’s home college.

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How do I know if I’ll be in a computer-mediated classroom?

The building that houses the Department of English, Cate Center 2, has three computer-mediated classrooms equipped with Macs for each student. The only way to know during your course selection process which sections are held in CMCs is to check the classroom number and building. Our CMCs are in CC2, rooms 110, 116, and 136.

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How do I know if I’m enrolling in an online section or a face-to-face section?

All online sections are labeled “WEB” on Ozone.

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What should I do if I’m trying to contact a former instructor and can’t get a response?

Contact the FYC office at (405) 325-5927 or fyc@ou.edu.

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I took a class at another institution that I think should count for ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1213 transfer equivalency credit. What do I do to get it reviewed?

First check with Admissions in Buchanan Hall to determine if the courses you hope to transfer meet standard equivalency. If your coursework isn’t automatically counted as equivalent by Admissions, have your adviser send a syllabus from the coursework in question with an explanation of what course you want credit for to fyc@ou.edu for review. The FYC office will assess the syllabi and determine if the course may count as transfer equivalency for ENGL1113 or 1213 (depending on the student’s request) and report our decision to Admissions and to you.

The syllabus must include a description of the course and the major assignments, along with the grade breakdown of the course (how much each assignment is worth).

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Whom do I contact to request a syllabus from previous semester to receive transfer equivalency at another university?

Email fyc@ou.edu with the following: which course you took, the semester and year you took the course, and the name of the instructor or the section of the course.

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How do I file a grade dispute?

Academic Appeals at the University of Oklahoma and the Department of English follow a three-step process.

  1. The student must meet with her/his instructor in an effort to come to a resolution about the grade in question.

  2. If the student and instructor aren’t able to reach a resolution, the student may submit the essay(s) in question to the FYC Office, and FYC will review the essay according to the process stipulated below.

  3. If the student is unsatisfied with the grade review assessment performed by FYC, she or he may choose to appeal to the College of Arts and Sciences. CAS will review the grade(s) in question according to the process stipulated on their web site: cas.ou.edu

Click here for the grade dispute form.

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What should I do if I have a problem with my instructor?

In most cases, the best first step is to visit your instructor’s office hours and or make an appointment to speak with her/him. If speaking with your instructor does not resolve the issue to your satisfaction, we encourage you to come speak with the FYC staff.

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What should I do if I’ve been wrongly accused of academic misconduct?

In a suspected case of plagiarism, the instructor may charge the student with either an admonition or an academic misconduct charge. Any student who receives an admonition can contest it. To do so, the student must contact the Student Conduct Office within 15 regular class days after receiving the admonition. Any student who receives the charge can deny it through an appeals process. For more information on this process, please visit integrity.ou.edu.

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What is the minimum letter grade that is considered passing in ENGL 1113 and ENGL 1213?

Typically, a D is considered passing. However, some majors (like Engineering for example) require a C or higher to be considered passing.

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