9 hours to include English 1150 and 1160 [may test out of one or both]
and one additional three-hour advanced
writing course or equivalent writing intensive courses.
Advanced / intensive writing courses are determined by the academic program.
The work of the university is to construct and share knowledge. Because this work is done largely by means of the written word, it is
important for students to gain control over written language. Proficiency in reading, research, and written expression is essential for
professional success and effective citizenship. The foundational writing courses (Composition I and Composition II) provide instruction
in general academic literacy while advanced writing and writing-intensive courses, preferably taken in the student's major, introduce
research and language practices specific to the disciplines.
After completing Composition I, successful students shall be able to do the following:
• closely read, critically interpret, evaluate, and respond to other writers' texts;
• write papers with a clear thesis, logical structure, and cohesive, well-developed paragraphs;
• write papers with clear, varied, well-constructed sentences, with usage and mechanics conforming to standard edited English;
• demonstrate an understanding of writing as a complex, recursive process whereby ideas are explored, developed, and communicated
to a particular audience for a particular purpose.
After completing Composition II, successful students shall be able to do the following:
• demonstrate further development of the writing skills learned in Composition I;
• locate and evaluate information in print and electronic sources and integrate the information into their own texts, citing the
• analyze arguments in other writers' texts;
• craft well-informed, carefully-reasoned arguments of their own, using the genre appropriate for the rhetorical context (e.g. position
paper, proposal, evaluation).
After completing the advanced writing course or writing-intensive courses, students shall be able to do the following:
• demonstrate further development of the writing skills learned in foundational composition courses;
• engage in the major discipline's research practices, using the databases, bibliographies, and documentation conventions appropriate
to the discipline;
• use the writing strategies and genres expected in the relevant academic and professional communities;
• demonstrate command of the major discipline's discourse practices, vocabulary, and style.
ENGL 1150/54 - Composition I
ENGL 1160/64 - Composition II or ENGL 2160 - Honors Composition: Reasoning and Research
Advanced Writing: See your academic advisor for the Advanced Writing courses approved for your degree program.