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.
  • Rhetorical Knowledge: Students will write in multiple genres, using a style and tone appropriate to the subject, purpose, audience, context, and genre.
  • Conventions: Students will demonstrate control over writing conventions of academic writing, including but not limited to appropriate mechanics, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and spelling.
  • Use of sources: Students will find, summarize, paraphrase, synthesize, and directly quote from appropriate sources, integrating them effectively into their writing while using appropriate documentation formats and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Writing Processes: Students will develop flexible strategies for writing in recursive phases, including idea generation, drafting, revision, peer review, and proofreading.

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.

College Composition II Objectives 

  • Argument: Students will articulate and support an argument while addressing possible counterarguments and objections.
  • Rhetorical Knowledge: Students will write in multiple genres, using a style and tone appropriate to the subject, purpose, audience, context, and genre.
  • Conventions: Students will demonstrate control over writing conventions, including but not limited to appropriate mechanics, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and spelling.
  • Use of Sources: Students will find, summarize, paraphrase, synthesize, and directly quote from appropriate sources, integrating them effectively into their writing while using appropriate documentation formats and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Writing Processes: Students will develop flexible strategies for writing in recursive phases, including idea generation, drafting, revision, peer review, and proofreading.
  • 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 Interim Director of Composition, Valerie Cato.