Written Communication Requirement



All seminary students must demonstrate an acceptable level of written communication proficiency by achieving a “B-” or better in college English Composition and/or Grammar courses prior to attending seminary, or by successfully completing Written Communication (31980).

All courses in English Composition and/or Grammar are averaged to verify a “B-” minimum. For students below this standard, the Written Communication course is required in the first or second semester of enrollment. Course 31980 is a two credit hour course, but DOES NOT contribute toward any degree requirements.

There is no tuition charge for the course, but there is a $200 course fee.  If registered for the internet section of the class (31980-WW), there is no internet fee charged.


A student may appeal the decision of Admissions to require Written Communication:

  • The student must submit a letter to Academic Records requesting the waiver of the course and stating the justification.
  • The student must submit a recent research paper which will be forwarded to the professor of Written Communication, who then makes a determination. Papers will be evaluated based on grammar, composition, and adherence to the Southern Seminary Style Manual.
  • The student will be informed by Academic Records, and a copy of the marked paper will be provided by request.
  • This decision may be appealed to the Vice President for Academic Services.