All first year students at UNC Chapel Hill take English 105 or 105i, a course designed to introduce you to academic writing on our campus. Both Engl 105 and 105i satisfy the Composition and Rhetoric (CR) Foundation requirement, and you are invited to take either course. For general placement procedures for first year students and transfers – click here.


ENGL 105 (English Composition and Rhetoric) introduces students to academic writing across the disciplines of natural sciences, social sciences (or business), and humanities. This course develops advanced writing skills that focus on identifying how genres, styles of writing, arguments, and forms of evidence differ across disciplines, audiences, and purposes. Studying and practicing the conventions of writing in different disciplines will help you become a more versatile writer, which in turn should help you in other college courses.


ENGL 105i (English Composition and Rhetoric) is a specialized version of the standard English 105 course that allows you to focus in on a discipline that interests you—perhaps your major or future profession. Currently, we offer the following versions of Engl 105i:

  • Writing in the Natural Sciences
  • Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Writing in the Humanities
  • Writing in the Health Sciences
  • Writing in Business
  • Writing in Law

Engl 105i shares the same objectives as Engl 105i, only with more intensive focus on the discipline in question. Engl 105i is recommended if you meet the criteria for Engl 105, above, and:

  • You already know what major you plan to declare or what profession you hope to join
  • You are looking for a course that will challenge you to develop a new area of expertise as a writer
  • OR you are an Honor’s student or transfer student

ENGL 100 (English Composition and Rhetoric) offers an introduction to academic writing for students who would like more preparation before taking English 105. English 100 will help you to plan a longer writing project, conduct research, organize drafts, incorporate sources into your writing, and refine your writing style for different audiences and purposes.