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Year of English?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Nomad, Aug 30, 2002.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad New Member

    Aug 20, 2002
    Question for all you folks out there:

    We all know that we need 1 year of English in order to apply for med school. Is English credit that I got for a writing class that I took when I studied abroad acceptable? Furthermore, does English credit that I received by taking APs and/or the subject A count? Finally, must the class strictly be English? (I took a Humanities course where all we did is read books and write papers.)

    Note: there is no premed advisor at my school who I can ask.

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  3. kidsmd

    kidsmd Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    I don't think that English APs count. I passed both of mine with pretty good scores but my counselor still insisted that I take a full year of college level English for medical school. Out of those, I believe the preference is to take at least one comp and one lit class.
  4. jot


    the rule i've found that any writing intensive class will fil this requirement. at our school one can take a science class that is W - writing requirement and it will suffice. otherwise, history, philosophy etc... will probably do the trick if you ned it to. writing intensive is the key. but take english classes whenever you can - they are good stuff.
  5. coolwaters

    coolwaters Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    New York City
    I was in this situation, not having taken any English undergrad. I was able to use a Freshman Seminar class in Philosophy to fulfill one semester (W listed in course number on transcript because it was writing intensive). I did end up taking one English class post-bacc to fulfillt the requirement. That said, I do think it's possible if you had writing intensive classes that are not English, especially a humanities, to fulfill this req. Most schools that I called either said philosophy would be acceptable, or that I should get a course description sent from the school indicating the course was writing intensive.

    If you want a definite answer, just call the up the schools you're interested in applying to.
  6. lola

    lola Bovine Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    I took 1 semester of English as well as several writing intensive non-English courses. I'm taking a community college course now, because I wasn't sure all schools I was applying to would accept it (even though I went to a liberal arts college). I was going to call them all, but there were like 15-20 of them that required English, so I just decided to take the course. I did take a freshman writing course in Bio, but there was no way for schools to know since I didn't indicate it as English on my AMCAS (b/c I figured AMCAS would have changed it) and it doesn't say anything special on my transcript.

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