For Students and Advisors

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Academic and Professional Writing Program Writing Sequences

Most UB students follow the Communciation Literacy two-term sequence.

Click here if you enrolled at UB prior to Summer 2016.

Based on TOEFL or IELTS scores, some students may be required to complete ENG 100 as a prerequisite to ENG 105. Click here to see how TOEFL and IELTS scores affect your placement in the Communications Literacy sequence.

Exceptions tend to concern test scores or courses taken at other institutions.

The links below will help you to navigate the registration process.

Transfer Courses

Students, and their college advisors, with transfer credit from other institutions can check our existing articulations using the TAURUS system. Students from other institutions can contact the department so that we can consider their courses. We evaluate courses based upon syllabi and other program information. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all necessary information for evaluating courses.

To assist our evaluation, send the syllabus and two longest writing samples from the course you are looking to transfer to We would especially request research-based writing.

Force Registration

This refers only to the process by which students can be registered for classes when the classes are not full. We operate at full capacity most of the time, and we cannot raise the class sizes, because the room capacities are set by the fire marshal. Force Registration is occasionally required because of a delay in processing of student records (transcripts, test scores, etc.) or because of an error message encountered during a registration window. Here are some scenarios in which Force Registration might be required:

  • a transfer student’s transcript has not arrived or been processed, and the student had taken an ENG 105 equivalent at his/her previous school, and needs to be force registered into a CL2 course
  • a student’s AP English Language and Composition exam score has not arrived or been processed (assuming a score of 4 or 5 that would grant ENG 105), and he/she needs to be force registered for a CL2 course
  • a student reaches the repeat limit (has taken a course twice previously)
  • a student attempting to register for a limited enrollment course and must make a petition, that is, if a student is trying to repeat the course in the fall or spring. The petition paperwork can be found here: If you are trying to file this petition after the third week of the previous semester, then the petition needs to be made directly to the department at