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I’m curious. If you are an English major, what’s the typical amount of formal, graded writing you are asked to do in an English class?

For example, in this class, for an A you’d write a minimum of 4000 words, which comes out to 15 pages.


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Associate Professor and Director of Composition in the English Department at the University at Buffalo


3 thoughts on “off-topic question

  1. I had a 300 level class that required a midterm and a 10-12 research paper, and a 400 level that required two 7-10 page papers, so I’d say this is rather par for a course (har har).

    Posted by emmapezz | June 12, 2013, 9:08 am
  2. Most of us have taken ENG 301 I assume. In that class students would have to come in every day with a full page double space about the reading. One of my least favorite classes that I’ve taken. For the midterm students had to write eight to ten pages. For the final however, students had the option to continue from what they wrote for their midterm or to write a completely new topic. Regardless the final would have to be up to fifteen pages long no matter what option you chose to do.

    Posted by ecflyer91 | June 13, 2013, 9:04 am
  3. Most of the 300 level courses I have taken have required me to write one 8-10 or 7-9 page paper depending on how much other writing was done throughout the semester. The longest I have been required to write has been a 10-15 page research paper. For my 400 level course, I was required to write a 7-9 page paper but we were also expected to write a 2 page response twice a week on top of that. However, being that this course is online, it makes sense that more writing would be expected since there is no class time to discuss anything.

    Posted by jamesste | June 13, 2013, 10:49 am

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