Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where is the Program in Writing and Rhetoric? 
  2. Where is my class?
  3. Where is my teacher's office?
  4. How do I register for a WRT course?
    1. Why am I receiving an error message when I try to register for WRT courses?
  5. Why was I dropped from my WRT course?
  6. How do I drop a course?
  7. How do I add a course?
    1. What if the WRT section I want is full?
  8. Can my instructor sign me into his course?
  9. Which classes have openings?
  10. Can I be put on a waiting list?
  11. Who is my instructor?
  12. What are my instructor's office hours?
  13. How can I contact my instructor?
  14. What if I do not have any previous writing experience, or if I do not have a Writing Placement?

Where is the Program in Writing and Rhetoric?

We are in Humanities 2005. Call us at (631) 632-7390.

Where is my class?

Check your course listing in SOLAR or consult the bulletin board outside Humanities 2005. 

Where is my teacher's office?

Consult the bulletin board outside Humanities 2005.

How do I register for a WRT course?

Via SOLAR.

Why am I receiving an error message when I try to register for WRT courses?

  • Make sure you are allowed to enroll (check your enrollment appointment date)

  • Check to see if you have reached your maximum credit allowance - credit limit increases to 19 on January 24, 2014

  • Check for possible time conflicts in your schedule

  • Three or more attempts of WRT 101 or WRT 102 requires a petition from Academic Advising and a permission letter from the Writing Program before you can register 

  • Does the course have a reserve on it?
  • Be sure that you have fulfilled the Prerequisities for the course you are trying to register for:

    Prerequisites for 101:
     students who do not meet the prerequisites for WRT 102 or who do not qualify for enrollment in ESL courses must take WRT 101
    Anti-Requisite for 101: students may only take WRT 101 when not enrolled for an ESL course or when their Writing Placement Exam Level score is 3 or higher

    Prerequisites for 102: WRT 101; or 1050 or higher on the combined verbal and writing portions of the SAT I; or an ACT Writing score of 24 or greater; or higher in a college level writing course judged equivalent to WRT 100 or WRT 101

Why was I dropped from my WRT course?

If you do not attend the first week of classes, you will automatically be dropped from your WRT course. If you are dropped for any other reason, please contact the main office at (631)632-7390.

How do I drop a course?
Come in to the Program Office  in Humanities 2005 and speak with us.

How do I add a course that is open or change my section?
Via SOLAR.

What if the writing section I want is full?
If you are trying to register for a section that is full, you can place yourself on the waitlist for that section.
The waitlist maximum is 5 students per course
 Waitlists close after the first week of classes
Reminder: Students, who place themselves on a waitlist and change their intent to register, MUST BE DROPPED FROM THE WAITLIST. If students are registered from the waitlist, students are responsible for any tuition liability
Once on a waitlist, is is strongly recommended that you attend the first week of classes for the desired section.
Waitlists will automatically enroll you if a seat becomes available, so please check SOLAR for e-mail notifications
If you are not enrolled from the waitlist, then all available seats are being used. We recommend that you search for alternate course offerings.

Can my instructor sign me into his course?

NO. The instructors do not keep waitlists. You can place yourself on a waitlist via SOLAR.

Which classes have openings?

The only way for you to determine this is to come to participate in the Add/Drop process through the SOLAR System. Enrollments will constantly change as Adds/Drops take place throughout the day.

Can I be put on a waiting list?

YES. You can place yourself on a waitlist via SOLAR.

  Who is my instructor?

Check the course listing on SOLAR or see the bulletin board outside the Program Office (Humanities 2005).

What are my instructor's office hours? 

Check the syllabus, consult your instructor's office sign, or call the Program Office (631)632-7390.

How can I contact my instructor?

You can find out his/her address in the campus directory. Most instructors can also be e-mailed through their @stonybrook.edu email addresses. You can also call the department main office at (631) 632-7390 and leave a message for your instructor.

  What if I do not have any previous writing experience, or if I do not have a Writing Placement score?

  • If you currently have not taken any WRT courses, or if you do not have a writing placement score recorded on your transcript, then you must take the Writing Placement Exam. 

    • You may only take the exam once.

    • The exam takes 30-45 minutes to complete.

    • The exam can be taken in the Main Writing Office (Humanities 2005) anytime between Monday and Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. 

    • No appointment is necessary.
Program in Writing and Rhetoric • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5340 • 631.632.7390
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