A student who wishes to satisfy an Elliott School requirement with a course that has not been pre-approved for the Elliott School curriculum (e.g., a "special topics" course or a course taken at another institution) must submit a Course Substitution Request.
A course substitution request must be accompanied by a syllabus. (If a syllabus is not available, an official course description may be submitted.) If the syllabus is not written in English (i.e., if the course was taken abroad), a partial translation - including the course description and weekly topics - must be submitted. A course substitution request will not be reviewed without the appropriate supporting documentation.
Regularly offered GW classes have already been considered for use toward Elliott School degree requirements and are therefore unlikely to be approved for additional requirements.
The University Writing Program reviews all requests relating to UW 1020 and Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses. Relevant requests must be submitted to the University Writing Program directly.
Faculty support, if requested by the Elliott school, will be considered, but does not solely determine the outcome of the request. If requested, please upload an email or letter from the faculty member.
Course substitution requests take five to ten business days to process. Requests that require consultation with other offices (academic departments, etc.) may take longer. Students are notified of course substitution decisions via e-mail.
Students should not assume that course substitution requests will be approved. Until a student receives written confirmation that a substitution has been approved, the student should continue to consider or explore alternative options. Students are advised to have a back-up plan in case the substitution is denied.