Pre-Med Q&ACategory: Scheduling and Classesulwr-and-english-requirement
Avatargm asked 1 month ago

Most med schools require 2 courses of English literature or composition, and I have only taken ENG 125 and CHEM 353 which suffice my LLWR and ULWR.  I was wondering if these could suffice for the english requirements for admissions or if I need to contact specifically to each of the medial school committee to figure out if they would find my courses acceptable. 

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AvatarRaheem Ahmed answered 2 weeks ago

I hope you are doing well! In most cases, any course that UMich counts as a First Year Writing Requirement (FYWR) or an Upper Level Writing Requirement (ULWR) is acceptable as the english requirement for medical schools. When medical schools ask for “english” courses, they really want to know if you’re familiar with the basics of good writing/composition, have the tools to write in an organized and logical fashion, and possess the ability to think critically. All of the FYWR and ULWR courses at UMich satisfy this requirement.
However, there are some (very few, I think) medical schools that do require one or two semesters of an “English Composition” course specifically. Because of this, the Pre-Health Advising Office often recommends students to take ENGLISH 124 or 125 as their FYWR. So, since you have taken ENGLISH 125, you would meet the requirement of having an “English Composition” course anyways. It’s very rare that a medical school will contest the veracity of your english requirement, and if they do, you can have Newnan Advising write you a letter of recommendation which defends the decision (in the past these letters have all been successful).
I hope this helps! Feel free to stop by our advising hours (on Sunday – Wednesday from 6 – 10 PM) if you have any further questions!
Raheem, PMH Co-President

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