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Writing Flag Coursework

Writing Flags are a UT Basic Education requirement designed to develop the student's critical thinking and written expression skills, particularly in the major field of study. Three Writing Flag courses are required for graduation, and one counts (in combination with RHE 306) toward the core curriculum English Composition requirement.

The three Writing Flags normally are satisfied with credit earned in residence because UT Austin has no control over, nor routine method to verify, the quantity and rigor of writing performed in courses at other institutions.

However, transfer credit is permitted to count toward the Writing Flag requirement when it is evaluated as one of the following courses and if the student's degree plan does not specifically require other Writing Flag courses:

*retired course, still awarded in transfer
lower-division upper-division
E 309Q*
RHE 309K
RHE 317
E 321K
E 325
E 341
E 355K
E 367K
RHE 325M
RHE 379C

The following retired UT courses are no longer used in transfer evaluations but, for students with transfer credit awarded in the past, also count as Writing Flags:

E 307
E 308
E 308Q
E 309K
E 310
E 310Q
E 317
E 317M
E 325M
E 367L
E 379C

A typical two-course freshman Rhetoric & Composition sequence – such as those represented by the Texas Common Course Numbers ENGL 1301 & 1302 – transfers as RHE 306 (first course) and RHE 309K (second course). RHE 306 is required in all UT Austin undergraduate degree plans; 309K counts as Writing Flag credit and therefore is also countable as the second English Composition course required in UT Austin's core curriculum.

Writing Flags are degree requirements and, as such, the Office of Admissions has no authority to certify their fulfillment. If credit does not transfer as one of the courses listed above its Writing Flag applicability is at the discretion of the dean's office in the School of Undergraduate Studies.

For out-transfer purposes, from UT Austin to other Texas public universities and community colleges, three Writing Flag semester hours count as Communication credit (THECB core code 010) in statutory core curriculum requirements.

Other Transfer Issues

More Transfer Credit Info

  • Our Transfer Guides for Austin Community College and other Texas community colleges recommend coursework prospective transfer students should take to apply toward specific UT Austin degree plans.
  • The Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) system provides interactive access to our database of more than 250,000 transfer credit evaluations for current and past courses at universities and community colleges throughout Texas.
  • The Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) system enables prospective transfer students and UT students studying away from UT to estimate the degree applicability of coursework taken at other institutions.
  • UT Austin's transfer credit policies are published in the General Information catalog.
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