Written and Oral Communication (9 credits)

Revised August, 2017

The written and oral communication component of the core curriculum will enhance students' abilities to communicate with clarity in formal, informal, and technical contexts, to develop and convey logical arguments when discussing problems or ideas, and to evaluate critically the arguments of others. Written and Oral Communication requirements of both the College of Agriculture and Purdue University's Core Curriculum may be fulfilled by completing one of the following options below. Occasionally, students meet the international understanding or multicultural awareness requirement with the Additional Written or Oral Communications selection, so wise selection is recommended.


Option 1 (First Year Student )

  • (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) or (3) COM 21700 (Science Writing and Presentation) or (3) EDPS 31500 (Collaborative Leadership: Listening)
  • (4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)  or (3) HONR 19903 (Interdisciplinary Approaches in Writing) 
  • (3) Additional Written and/or Oral Communications Selection (see Ag Core list – hyperlinked below)

Option 2 (Transfer Students - Three Credits of English Completed) †

  • (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) or (3) COM 21700 (Science Writing and Presentation) or (3) EDPS 31500 (Collaborative Leadership: Listening)
  • Transfer credits in freshmen English composition which appear on a Purdue transcript as ENGL 10100, ENGL 10200, ENGL 10300, ENGL 10400, or ENG W131
  • (3) Additional Written and/or Oral Communications Selection (see Ag Core list - hyperlinked below)

Option 3 (Transfer Students - Three Credits of Undistributed English Completed) †

  • (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) or (3) COM 21700 (Science Writing and Presentation) or (3) EDPS 31500 (Collaborative Leadership: Listening)
  • (3) Transfer credits in first year English composition (non-remedial) which appear on a Purdue transcript as ENGL 1XXXX
  • (3) UCC Approved Written Communication credits which are not duplicative of other course credits*
  • (3) Additional Written and/or Oral Communications Selection (see Ag Core list - hyperlinked below)

Courses meeting the Additional Written and/or Oral Communications requirement for the College of Agriculture are included in the Ag Core course listing:

Ag Core Courses in (filterable) Excel format


 Nine credits are required to fulfill Written and Oral Communication requirements for the baccalaureate degree. The additional three credits may be used in the plan of study at the discretion of the department offering the major.

*If ENGL 1XXXX has not been approved and does not appear on the UCC list of options for Written Communication. 

Students enrolled in curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering degree may use three credits from courses offered by the School of Languages and Cultures to fulfill the additional Written and Oral Communication requirements if a mini​mum of six credits are earned in a language.

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