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
Learning Outcomes: Composition II / ENC 1102
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.