For Undergraduate Students

Writers on Campus

Stay tuned for opportunities to hear and work with professional writers!

In February 2019, the Writing Center in conjunction with the World Languages and Literature Department will be bringing Chilean feminist, writer, and speaker, Pía Barros to SCSU.

In March 2019, the Writing Center in conjunction with the English Department and in celebration of SCSUs 125th Anniversary will be bringing award-winning Southern alumna, Xhenet Aliu to campus.


If you are looking to get a little extra help with your writing, please schedule an appointment with the Academic Success Center. The Academic Success Center is populated with peer tutors. They are there to help you organize your thoughts, clarify your language, and help you become a stronger writer. They are not copy editors; they are not going to “fix” your paper. However, if you make appointments, come with questions, and listen, you will become a stronger writer. If you are interested in becoming a writing tutor, please apply.

W Waivers

Undergraduate students at SCSU are required to take three “W” courses after ENG 112. These courses may (but do not have to) be in any discipline, and can be “double-dipped” with other requirements in a student’s major, minor, cognate, LEP, or elective requirements. W courses are offered at every level (100, 200, 300, 400). It is generally recommended to start with a 200-level W course, before advancing to a 300, or a 400 level W course. These courses emphasize writing skills in excess what is taught in other courses.

 Transfer students with at least 60 credits (at the time of initial transfer) or an Associate’s degree automatically waive ONE W course.

 Any students may apply to waive ONE (or an additional one) W course. All students must take at least one W course at SCSU. ENG 112 is not considered a W course, and cannot be counted as a W course.

To apply for a W waiver, fill out the W-course Waiver Application. Submit the application and all relevant materials to:

W Credit for Independent Student Internships

For more detailed information and relevant paperwork, see W-Credit for Independent Studies or Internships.


Here are some of the best online resources to help you with your writing:

Buley Library Citations and References:
A guide for citation in APA or MLA, as well as other styles.

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab):
This website includes guides for citation (APA, MLA, Chicago, and AMA), as well as tips for more general writing.

The Punctuation Guide:
If you’re confused about your punctuation, this is a great place to start. 

Understanding plagiarism:

SCSU’s Academic Misconduct Policy:

SCSU’s Journalism Department Policy on Plagiarism:

SCSU’s History Department Policy on Plagiarism:


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