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Scheduling a 202 FAQ

What advanced writing courses in rhetoric do you offer?

We offer the following resident instruction courses:

  • 202A, Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences
  • 202B, Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities
  • 202C, Effective Writing: Technical Writing
  • 202D, Effective Writing: Business Writing

We also offer some specialized classes, such as English 202A: Neurodiversity and 202B (Honors): Adult Literacy. For more information on these, see here: https://www.pwr.psu.edu/courses/

What 202 do I need to take?

  • The 202 is determined by your major. You will need to check your major’s requirements or speak with your advisor to find out which of the advanced writing in rhetoric courses you will need.

When can I take 202?

  • You must have projected fourth-semester standing or higher—that is, have earned 44.1 credits or more—to enroll in a 202.

Can my instructor permit me to override into a class?

No. Only a staff member from the English Department can enroll you in a class that is full.

What if I am a graduating senior and I have been unable to get into a section of 202 (A, B, C, or D)?

The English Department will override you into a section, but you must do the following:

  • Have an official letter from your Department Advisor on letterhead stating you are filing your intent to graduate and that you need the course to graduate.
  • File your intent to graduate.
  • Submit the letter from your Advisor to Lynn Setzler, either in person in 434 Burrowes or by email (las36@psu.edu).
  • Continue to try to enroll in 202. Add your name to the wait list of as many sections of the course as possible and/or keep checking the schedule of courses for openings.
  • Note that the wait list updates hourly, so you may not see your name immediately. Rest assured it will appear.
  • If you have followed all of the above steps and are still unable to enroll in a section, midway through the add/drop period Lynn Setzer will assign you to a section based on your current academic schedule and email you with the course assignment information.
  • Be sure to check your schedule from time to time to see which section you have been assigned. We cannot notify everyone via email.
  • We also cannot guarantee your enrollment in a specific section of ENGL 202 (A, B, C, or D). The section will be assigned based on your class schedule.
  • The class we assign you to may not meet on the day or times you would like, but we cannot place everyone in their ideal section.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot schedule around your work schedule, only your class schedule.
  • The department can only override seniors into a 202 during the Add/Drop week. After the first week of classes, graduating seniors will have to pursue other options.
  • Finally, the department can override you into a section only once. If, for whatever reason, you drop the class, we will not help you again.

What if I am not a graduating senior, but I will be studying abroad my senior year—or have other commitments—and need to take the course now?

The English Department will override you into a section, but you must do the following:

  • Have an official letter from your Department Advisor on letterhead stating that you will be studying abroad—or have other commitments—during your senior year and that you need to take the course this semester.
  • Submit the letter from your Advisor to Lynn Setzler, either in person in 434 Burrowes or by email (las36@psu.edu).
  • Continue to try to enroll in a 202. Add your name to the wait list of as many sections of the course as possible and/or keep checking the schedule of courses for openings.
  • Note that the wait list updates hourly, so you may not see your name immediately. Rest assured it will appear.
  • If you have followed all of the above steps and are still unable to enroll in a section, midway through the add/drop period Lynn Setzer will assign you to a section based on your current academic schedule and email you with the course assignment information.
  • Be sure to check your schedule from time to time to see which section you have been assigned. We cannot notify everyone via email.
  • If you have followed all of the above steps and are still unable to enroll in a section, midway through the add/drop period Lynn Setzer will assign you to a section based on your current academic schedule and email you with the course assignment information.
  • The Department of English will not guarantee your enrollment in a specific section of ENGL 202 (A, B, C, or D). The section will be assigned based on your class schedule.
  • The class we assign you to may not meet on the day or times you would like, but we cannot place everyone in their ideal section.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot schedule around your work schedule, only your class schedule.
  • The department can only override students into a 202 during the Add/Drop week. After the first week of classes, students will have to pursue other options.
  • Finally, the department can override you into a section only once. If, for whatever reason, you drop the class, we will not help you again.

What if I am a graduating senior—graduating in the current semester for which I am scheduling—and I want to take an online version of 202 (A, C, or D)?

The English Department will override you into a section, but you must do the following:

  • Seats in online sections of English 202 do not open up to resident instruction students until seven days prior to the start of classes. At that point, you can enroll in a World Campus section. For more information, contact World Campus at registration@outreach.psu.edu.
  • If all the World Campus sections are closed, you may—if you are a graduating senior—still enroll in the class.
  • To do so, file your intent to graduate.
  • Meanwhile, continue to try to enroll in the online 202. Add your name to the wait list of as many sections of the course as possible and/or keep checking the schedule of courses for openings.
  • If you have followed all of the above steps and are still unable to enroll in a section, midway through the add/drop period Lynn Setzer will ask World Campus to assign you to a section based on your current academic schedule and email you with the course assignment information.
  • Be sure to check your schedule from time to time to see which section you have been assigned. We cannot notify everyone via email.
  • The Department of English will not guarantee your enrollment in a specific online section of ENGL 202 (A, B, C, or D). The section will be assigned based on your class schedule.
  • Finally, the department can override you into a section only once. If, for whatever reason, you drop the class, we will not help you again.
  • The department can only override students into an online 202 during the Add/Drop week. After the first week of classes, students will have to pursue other options.

What if I am not a graduating senior?

  • Add your name to the wait list of as many sections of the course as possible and/or keep checking the schedule of courses for openings.
  • Note that the wait list updates hourly, so you may not see your name immediately. Rest assured it will appear.
  • For more information on the wait list, see the Registrar's Office Wait List FAQ.

What if I am enrolled in a section of 202 but want to enroll in a different section?

  • If you are already enrolled in a section of 202D but would like to enroll in a different one, make sure you select the Swap option on the Wait List and not the Add option.
  • You cannot simultaneously be enrolled in two sections of the same class. (For example, two sections of English 202D that meet at different times. In order to trade one section of the class for another, you must select Swap.
  • For more information on swapping a class, watch the Registrar's Office video tutorial or read the step-by-step instructions (.docx).

What if I need the course to satisfy a prerequisite?

  • The English Department will not override you into a course based on a prerequisite course requirement. Your college, however, may choose to adjust this prerequisite requirement. Check with your advisor to see if that is possible.