College Composition


College Composition I (ENGL 1101/13)

College Composition I is a writing-based course where students develop skills in analysis and how to use sources to support an argument. Students read and write in a variety of genres, culminating with a major source-based argument paper. 

College Composition I Objectives 

  • Argument: Students will articulate and support an argument while addressing possible counterarguments and objections. 
  • Style: Students will write in a style and tone appropriate to the subject, purpose, and audience of their writing projects.
  • Conventions: Students will demonstrate their control over the conventions of academic writing, including but not limited to appropriate grammar, punctuation, and documentation format.
  • Use of sources: Students will summarize, paraphrase, synthesize and directly quote from a variety of appropriate sources, integrating them effectively into their writing.
  • Academic honesty: Students will use sources ethically, avoiding plagiarism.
  • Variety of writing: Students will produce successful writing projects in a variety of genres.

Students must continue to register for ENGL 1101 each successive semester until they have completed the course with a grade of C or better. Both ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 should be completed within the first 30 hours of a student's undergraduate degree program.

College Composition II (ENGL 1102/14)

College Composition II is a writing-based course where students refine their writing skills through themed courses with in-depth source material around a particular topic. Students read and write in a variety of genres surrounding the theme of the course, and they compose a major academic research paper with independent research. Themes are based on faculty expertise, and students are encouraged to pick themes related to their particular interests. See the most recent course themes, here. To learn about upcoming themes, contact Dr. Cynthia Fields.

College Composition II Objectives 

  • Argument: Students will articulate and support an argument while addressing possible counterarguments and objections.
  • Style: Students will write in a style and tone appropriate to the subject, purpose, and audience of their writing projects.
  • Conventions: Students will demonstrate  control over the conventions of academic writing, including but not limited to appropriate grammar, punctuation, and documentation format.
  • Finding and evaluating sources: Students will locate, evaluate, and organize research material collected from sources, ranging from scholarly library databases to websites.
  • Use of sources: Students will summarize, paraphrase, synthesize, and directly quote from a variety of appropriate sources, integrating them effectively into their writing.
  • Academic honesty: Students will use sources ethically, avoiding plagiarism.
  • Contextual awareness: Students will demonstrate awareness of historical, cultural, and/or literary context when responding to texts.

Students who complete ENGL 1101 must enroll in English 1102 no later than the first semester they enroll following completion of ENGL 1101. Students must continue to register for English 1102 each successive semester until they have completed the course with a grade of C or better. Both ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 should be completed within the first 30 hours of a student's undergraduate degree program.


For more information about the Composition Program, contact the Director of Composition, Dr. Cynthia Fields.