To succeed in your upper-level coursework, advance in your chosen career, and participate as a citizen in a democracy, you need to be able to communicate well. This means not only knowing how to write and speak standard American English, but also being able to craft sound and persuasive arguments for a given audience. (After all, writing a science lab report requires different skills from writing an English essay, and a business memo follows different rules than a newspaper editorial or blog post.) In other words, to effectively communicate you must understand how to employ appropriate conventions for different contexts.
Consequently, all students are required to take two semesters of College Writing (ENGW 101 and ENGW 102 or equivalent).