Writing Competency Requirement

Biola University expects all of its graduates to write well. Therefore, before graduating, a student must pass the Writing Competency Requirement. This requirement is not offered apart from the required course work. Instead, the university has incorporated the Writing Competency Requirement within the regular curriculum. It is recommended that students plan to fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement during their junior year, before submitting their Graduation Petition.

Each department has the freedom to create a Requirement that suits the writing demands of its discipline. Bible majors may satisfy the Writing Competency Requirement by submitting a research paper that was written for one of the upper-division Bible courses (BBST 300-400). The Biblical & Theological Studies Division recommends that Bible majors submit their Writing Competency paper during the second semester of his or her junior year. This will allow enough time for a second submission in the event that the first submission does not pass.

The Writing Competency paper is generally due by noon on the fifth Friday before the end of the semester. Submissions will be received anytime between the start of the semester and the deadline in Talbot East 211.

Guidelines to follow for preparing and submitting the Writing Competency Paper:

  1. Must be a research paper written for an upper-division Bible course at Biola.
  2. 8-10 pages is the preferred length.
  3. Must include a title page with the course name for which the paper was written, the professor name and the student's ID#. It is imperative that the student's name not be included anywhere on the paper, including the title page.
  4. Must submit 2 copies of the paper along with 2 copies of the assignment guidelines (usually found in the course syllabus).

After a Writing Competency paper has been submitted, two Biblical & Theological Studies professors will assess it using the standard five-point rubric. A combined score of 5 must be received in order to pass.

Students who do not pass the Writing Competency Requirement on their first attempt must re-attempt to pass it during a subsequent semester. If not passed on the second attempt, that student must enroll in ENGL 210, Writing for Competency. A grade of C+ or higher in this course will satisfy the Writing Competency Requirement. Students may not enroll in ENGL 210 unless they have failed the Writing Competency Requirement twice. Delaying the fulfillment of the Writing Competency Requirement may jeopardize the student's graduation. A notation will be made on the student's transcript once the Writing Competency Requirement has been passed.