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Department of Language and Literature

Composition

 
 

Students at the University take the Composition I and Composition II sequence as part of the General Education requirement. In these courses, students practice critical reading as well as writing in a variety of styles. The work students do in Composition prepares them to continue reading and writing in their major areas of study.

In both courses, students come to understand writing as a process that involves rigorous attention to developing ideas, writing, and revising. They develop an understanding of rhetoric and writing conventions as well as the skills to present ideas clearly. As students move into Composition II, they build on their skills focusing on argument, academic styles of writing, and more advanced research skills.

The following learning outcomes for Composition I and II were developed to correlate with the General Education competencies as well as the Association of American Colleges and Universities Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education rubric.

Learning Outcomes: Composition I / ENC 1101

  • Use a rigorous writing process that includes inventing, drafting, and revising
  • Employ the conventions of standard written English
  • Employ conventions specific to particular types of essays
  • Formulate a topic and develop it for a specific audience and purpose
  • Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with clarity and precision
  • Use basic research skills including collecting, managing, and documenting information
  • Identify how authors employ language and develop ideas in texts
  • Apply critical reading and thinking skills
  • Consider diverse perspectives when formulating and developing ideas
  • Develop an idea related to environmental sustainability

Learning Outcomes: Composition II / ENC 1102

  • Use a rigorous writing process that includes inventing, drafting, and revising
  • Employ the conventions of standard written English
  • Employ conventions specific to academic writing
  • Formulate a sound argument and develop it for a specific audience and purpose
  • Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with clarity and precision
  • Use higher level research skills including collecting, evaluating, managing, incorporating, and documenting information
  • Identify how authors develop written arguments
  • Apply critical reading and thinking skills
  • Consider diverse perspectives when formulating and developing arguments
  • Develop an idea related to environmental sustainability

Gordon Rule Requirements for Composition courses (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102): in addition to a number of required shorter writing assignments, which may include exam answers, reviews, and/or personal responses (the selection to be made at the instructor's discretion), students will complete multiple longer writing assignments (one of which may be a major revision) totaling no fewer than 2500 words. Each writing assignment will be the result of a writing process that includes creating, revising, and proof-reading drafts.

In addition, to ensure mastery of college-level writing skills, each writing assignment will reflect the attributes described in the University's Written Communication Competency: employ the conventions of standard written English; select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect to diverse perspectives; select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity; develop research skills including the ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and accurately present and document information; apply critical reading skills.