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Frequently Asked Questions

 If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us through the Virtual Advising Center (located under Advising Tools).

COVID-19 MCWP Information

Dear Students,

Many of you have commented on the stress of attending university classes during the pandemic.  We understand that remote learning has been challenging and are working to adapt the program to help.  Here are the updates.

  • MCWP will allow P/NP as an option for MCWP 40, 50, and 125 in Fall 2020 (retroactively), Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021.
    • Instructions for the retroactive P/NP for Fall 2020 will be sent via email on January 4th.

  • If you are considering enrolling in a MCWP class for a P/NP grade to help manage your stress in Winter or Spring quarter, please make your choice early.      

  • If your circumstances are such that you need to attend a remote class asynchronously, we will ask you to complete a brief form letting your instructor know 48 hours prior to going asynchronous. This will help with attendance. The form will be available on your CANVAS class site in winter quarter.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and fortitude.   

Warmly,

The Muir College Writing Program

Is MCWP 50 equivalent to MCWP 50R?

  1. Yes, MCWP 50 and MCWP 50R are the same courses, the only difference is that MCWP 50R is 8-weeks long and only offered during summer. (The R in MCWP 50R, stands for REMOTE.)
  2. Yes, MCWP 50R will fulfill the writing requirement. 

 

What can I do to succeed in my MCWP Courses?

  • Read the syllabus and assignment prompts and refer back to them. This is a great way to get information quickly. Your questions are often answered in these documents.
  • Speak up! If you don't understand something, don't be afraid to ask a question. Chances are someone else has the same question. (You can always ask your instructor privately if needed.
  • Review your syllabus for a detailed breakdown of the course, such as when each assignment will be due, and organize your daily and quarterly schedule to allow you to maximize your time.
  • Want help with your paper? Go to office hours or to the Writing Hub! If you need help with grammar, go to LATS!
  • Establish connections with your peers! Whether it's through swapping phone numbers/emails/social medias, it's important to be able to communicate with someone during the course and it can be less intimidating than confronting the instructor. 
  • NEVER plagiarize! We know that life and school can be stressful, but it is not worth compromising your academic integrity as there are severe consequences. If you find yourself falling behind or struggling to complete your assignment/s, reach out to your instructor and explain your situation. Your instructor is there to help you succeed, always remember that! 
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Where can I get additional help on a writing assignment?

Visit the Writing Hub!

More information on our website: 

https://muir.ucsd.edu/writing/tutoring.html 

Attend Undergrad Writing Workshops:

https://writinghub.ucsd.edu/for-undergrads/workshops.html 

Language Arts Tutorial Services Program:

https://oasis.ucsd.edu/academic-services/lats-folder/index.html

More writing resources:

https://students.ucsd.edu/academics/success/writing-programs.html

Where do I find the syllabus for my MCWP Course?

All enrolled students will be able to access the syllabus, assignments, additional material, and notices via Canvas.

How do I know who my instructor is?

See the current quarter’s section schedule under MCWP Courses -- Course Schedule on our website.  This list with the names of the instructors will be added to this page at the beginning of the quarter. Students should choose their MCWP discussion section based on its day and time. The instructor assignments are always subject to change. NOTE that this website changes continuously and may not be accurate until the quarter has started.  

TA office hours can be found on Canvas. (Due to COVID-19, Fall Quarter 2020 Office Hours will be remote only.)

Can I take MCWP Courses Pass/No Pass?

MCWP courses must be taken for a letter grade. In Spring 1984, the Muir faculty voted that MCWP 40, 50, and 125 were to be taken for a letter grade only. It is the student's responsibility to request a letter grade when registering for the course.

 

COVID-19 Information:

 

Dear Students,

Many of you have commented on the stress of attending university classes during the pandemic.  We understand that remote learning has been challenging and are working to adapt the program to help.  Here are the updates.

  • MCWP will allow P/NP as an option for MCWP 40, 50, and 125 in Fall 2020 (retroactively), Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021.
    • Instructions for the retroactive P/NP for Fall 2020 will be sent via email on January 4th.

  • If you are considering enrolling in a MCWP class for a P/NP grade to help manage your stress in Winter or Spring quarter, please make your choice early.      

  • If your circumstances are such that you need to attend a remote class asynchronously, we will ask you to complete a brief form letting your instructor know 48 hours prior to going asynchronous. This will help with attendance. The form will be available on your CANVAS class site in winter quarter.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and fortitude.   

Warmly,

The Muir College Writing Program

How do I enroll in a MCWP course during Summer?

For SUMMER, all students with more than 90 units will be automatically preauthorized to enroll. There is no first or second pass for summer. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us through the Virtual Advising Center

Why am I preauthorized for second pass?

NOTE: If you are preauthorized for second pass, please make sure to check your contact record in the VAC, as there may be a message explaining this.

Students admitted as a Freshman:

If you are preauthorized for second pass it is likely that you are past your 6 quarters of priority to enroll in MCWP classes during your first pass. You should be notified of this through the VAC.

 

Transfer Students:

If you are preauthorized for second pass and you are a transfer student, it is likely that you are past your 3 quarters of priority to enroll in MCWP classes during your first pass. You should be notified of this through the VAC. The instructions above apply to you as well (including MCWP 125). 

 

MCWP 40:

Please put yourself on the shortest waitlist and be sure to attend class. If you do not attend class as a waitlisted student you will automatically be ineligible to continue. 

MCWP 50/125:

Please put yourself on the shortest waitlist, and be sure to attend class.  We also recommend that you waitlist in a topic with multiple sections and/or attend multiple classes on different topics (though you can only waitlist in one section).  You can see the topics at our website (http://muir.ucsd.edu/writing/).  Topics are subject to change.  If you are not enrolled when classes start, you must attend all class meetings in order to join the class. You will not be allowed to join a class in a topic that you have not attended even if WebReg bumps you in. 

I have junior/senior level standing. How do I sign up for MCWP Courses?

  • If you’re in your first three/six quarters at UC San Diego, you will be preauthorized to enroll in your first pass.
  • First-pass enrollment priority will be given to incoming freshman students during their first six quarters at UC San Diego.  Incoming transfer students will have 3 quarter of enrollment priority for each required course.  All other Muir students will be eligible to enroll during the second-pass enrollment period.
  • If you have any other concerns regarding this, ask a question through the VAC (located under Advising tools).

I'm a transfer student and I already took two English classes at my previous institution, do I have to take MCWP Courses?

Please visit this section of our website for more information.

https://muir.ucsd.edu/writing/transfer/index.html#Transfer%20student%20index%20page

I don't have IGETC, but took and passed AP English in high school or I took a writing course at a community college, can I waive MCWP 40 and go right into MCWP 50/125?

MCWP 40 WAIVER (IGETC EQUIVALENT COURSEWORK)
If you took IGETC-equivalent coursework from a California Community College you may submit an online petition for MCWP 40 here: https://eforms.ucsd.edu/view.php?id=292710. AP credit does not apply; it must be two courses from a California Community College

COURSES FROM ANOTHER 4-YEAR INSTITUTION
If you took composition coursework at another 4-year institution, send a question to the Virtual Advising Center (choose "Muir Writing" as the reason for your question). Include a brief description of the course you took (institution name, course name, and learning objectives) so we can start the process.

Please be advised that the Student Petition will not be reviewed until the above materials are submitted to the MCWP office. If your petition is "Disapproved", there is no appeal. You must enroll in and complete the required course. The average review time for the undergraduate student petition is 4-6 weeks. 

COURSES FROM AN OUT-OF-STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
If you took English Composition coursework from a non 4-year institution (e.g. junior college in another state), you must take MCWP 40 and 50 to complete the Muir College writing requirement.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

How can I petition MCWP 40?

**Petition processing takes time, be sure to plan accordingly**


  • Please note you can only petiton a class from a 4-year institution
  • You must send a message through the VAC to attain the Petition Checklist
    • In your VAC message, please include:
      • Course name 
      • Name of 4-year Institution

 

  • The Petition Checklist consists of:
    • A copy of the course syllabus
    • Term and year completed
    • A copy of the catalog description for the course
    • Copies of all papers turned in for a grade (with the grade you received)
    • A description of the reading list and indication of the genre of each text (book-length, novel, academic articles, reports, speeches, etc.).
    • A Brief description of each writing assignment (analytic essay, expository essay, annotated bibliography, etc.)

What is the difference between MCWP 50 and MCWP 125?

MCWP 125 is designed for transfer students with previous writing experience; however, transfer students may also take MCWP 50. 

 

All students with IGETC on their UC San Diego academic record will be preauthorized to sign up for MCWP 125 during their first pass throughout their first 3 quarters at UC San Diego. These students will be preauthorized for MCWP 50 in second pass only.

Please note that MCWP courses often fill up during first pass, and that students will most likely have to waitlist during their second pass. Therefore, it is highly recommended that a transfer student should enroll in MCWP 125 during their first pass. 

 

Course Descriptions:

 

  • MCWP 50. Critical Writing (4)
    • Second course of sequence in reading and writing which satisfies the Muir College graduation requirement in writing. Required of all Muir College first-year students and of transfer students. MCWP 50 focuses on advanced skills of argument and analysis. Students engage in close reading of texts, weekly writing and revision, and individual conferences. Course must be taken for a letter grade. Prerequisites: satisfaction of MCWP 40 requirement or completion of TAG or IGETC agreement.

 

  • MCWP 125. Argument and Analysis (4)
    • An advanced course in argumentation and analysis, with particular attention both to constructing arguments and analyzing the logic and rhetoric of others’ arguments. Students will engage in close reading of texts, weekly writing and revision, and individual conferences. A course specially designed for and required of transfer students who enter Muir College under the aegis of TAG or IGETC. Prerequisites: departmental approval.

If the section I want to enroll in is full, should I put myself on the waitlist?

Rather than putting yourself on a waitlist, you should look at all the sections which have openings, and go ahead and enroll in whichever one fits your schedule. The only way you will get into a class that you are waitlisted for is if someone who is in the class drops it, and since MCWP classes are relatively small, getting in is unpredictable. It is better to enroll in a course that has open seats, rather than waiting to get the instructor/topic you want.

What are my chances of getting into the class if I'm on the waitlist?

While we cannot state the exact probability of a student getting into the class from the waitlist, as this varies greatly, we suggest that you put yourself on the shortest waitlist, and be sure to attend class.  We also recommend that you waitlist in a topic with multiple sections and/or attend multiple classes on different topics (though you can only waitlist in one section).  You can see the topics on our website (http://muir.ucsd.edu/writing/).  Topics are subject to change.  If you are not enrolled when classes start, you MUST attend all class meetings in order to join the class. You will not be allowed to join a class in a topic that you have not attended even if WebReg bumps you in.  If you have further questions, feel free to send a question through the VAC (located under Advising tools).

I really need to take an MCWP course this quarter. Is there any way to change the enrollment limit?

Unfortunately, the class size will not increase. MCWP courses are taught as seminars, which involve a high level of peer to peer interaction. A fifteen person seminar is big already. In a seminar format, there is an expectation of high levels of student interaction and instructor involvement, not to mention the MCWP course requirements of reviewing papers, giving feedback, and conferencing. 

We can't move you ahead of other students on the waitlist. Participate fully in each class, so you are eligible to join the class if a student drops and you are first on the waitlist. Also, follow the instructions sent via email about the end of waitlists. 

Note: Students on the waitlist MUST ATTEND ALL CLASS MEETINGS in order to be eligible to add the class. Enrolled students who miss more than two class sessions (one class session in summer session) will be required to drop.

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