Programs (majors & minors)
College Composition Connector
All Mars Hill College students are required to complete the College Composition Connector component of the Liberal Arts in Action general education curriculum. Most students satisfy this requirement by taking ENG111 and ENG112 in their first year. Some students may be required to enroll in remedial courses before taking ENG111, while others may be placed into an accelerated one-semester course that satisfies the course.
During the Summer Orientation, Advising, and Registration program (SOAR), each new first-year student at Mars Hill College takes an English placement diagnostic test. Department faculty use the student’s score on this test, along with his or her relevant standardized test score and high school class percentile (when available) to place the student in the appropriate first-year writing course.
ENG100: English as a Second Language
Students whose first language is not English are placed in ENG100, a course that introduces them not only to the written and oral conventions of the language but also to American culture. For non-native speakers, ENG100 is a prerequisite for ENG111; a student must earn at least a C- in ENG100 to enroll in ENG111.
ENG101: Basic Writing
Native English speakers whose composition skills need additional development before they are ready to tackle college essay assignments are placed in ENG101. For native English speakers with weak skills, ENG101 is a prerequisite for ENG111; a student must earn at least a C- in ENG101 to enroll in ENG111.
ENG111: Expository Essay
Approximately two-thirds of new first-year students are placed in ENG111. For all students, ENG111 is a prerequisite for ENG112; a student must earn at least a C- in ENG111 to enroll in ENG112 and to satisfy graduation requirements.
ENG112: Documented Essay
Students who arrive at Mars Hill with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual enrollment/transfer credit for ENG111 are placed in ENG112. For all students, ENG112 is a prerequisite for advanced ENG courses, including those that satisfy the Literature Connector requirement; a student must earn at least a C- in ENG112 to enroll in an advanced ENG course and to satisfy graduation requirements.
ENG113: Honors English
A select group of first-year students with particularly strong writing skills are placed in ENG113, a fall course that satisfies the College Composition Connector requirement in a single semester. ENG113 is the equivalent of both ENG111 and ENG112 and satisfies the Literature Connector prerequisite; a student must earn at least a C- in ENG113 to enroll in an advanced ENG course and to satisfy graduation requirements.