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First-Year Writing - Course Descriptions

The First-Year Writing Program consists of four courses. Placement in ENG 11000 or ENG 15000 is determined by the Writing Placement Exam. Two of these courses, ENG 15000 and ENG 17000, are required for graduation, along with passing the Writing Proficiency Exam.

ENG 11000 Effective Writing (3): This course prepares students for ENG 15000. A variety of approaches, including skill-based tutorials, journal writing, reader response, drafting, peer response, and revision will be employed to focus on strengthening competence and confidence in writing ability. Smaller, seminar-style class sessions will facilitate intensive, customized attention to foster writing strengths while successfully addressing areas for improvement. Offered every semester. Students will be placed in ENG 11000 based upon an assessment of their writing skills. In order to advance to ENG 15000, students must earn a C or above in ENG 11000 or EPP 11000.

ENG 15000 Strategies for University Writing (3) (GE-Eng): This course is an intensive review of the English language and its use in college-level writing, including the mechanics of written discourse, sentence structure, paragraph development, and essay organization. Selections from expository and imaginative literature will be discussed as models for the effective use of language and as sources for composition topics. Offered every semester. Placement is based upon an assessment of writing skills or ENG/EPP 11000 with a C or above. In order to advance to ENG 17000, students must earn a C or above in ENG 15000 or EPP 15000.

ENG 17000 Research and Argumentation (3) (GE-Eng): Students give special attention to the development of a mature style of writing and to the research, mechanics, and writing of documented argumentation papers. The writing assignments will be related to the subject areas anticipated in college study. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: ENG 15000 or EPP 15000 with a C or above. In order to advance out of ENG 17000, students must earn a C or above.

ENG 21000 Writing Proficiency Lab (3): This computer-lab based course allows students to work on their areas of writing and grammar deficiencies as identified by a diagnostic exam completed on the first day of class. Individual and group work as well as written papers are included. This course is designed to prepare students to retake the Writing Proficiency Assessment. Other students may enroll in this course as an elective with permission of the Dean of Humanities, but priority will be given to those students who need the course to fulfill the graduation requirement. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: an Incomplete grade in the Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) or completion of both ENG 15000 and ENG 17000.
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