Course Descriptions

Each course within the program has its own catalog description and its own goals (or student learning outcomes).

Eng 101 (Analysis and Argument)
This course introduces students to critical reading and to composing processes, including invention and revision, through writing analyses and arguments for specific audiences and purposes. Through extensive writing assignments, practice, and peer activities, students will learn to read and write in various rhetorical contexts and will be introduced to documentation of sources.

Student Learning Outcomes:
In ENG 101, students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Understand the term rhetorical situation, analyzing audience and purpose in order to compose in multiple genres
  • Develop ideas and content appropriate to specific rhetorical situations, establishing control of thesis, paragraphs, and larger organization of the essay
  • Develop drafts and revise writing based on feedback from others, recognizing that writing involves collaboration with others
  • Write about and reflect on the strengths and weakness of their own reading and writing processes
  • Understand and employ research methods at an introductory level, documenting sources appropriately
  • Read and analyze arguments with an awareness of rhetorical situations, exploring persuasive strategies and possible consequences
  • Enhance language skills, establishing control of surface features such as syntax, grammar, and punctuation

ENG 101E (Analysis and Argument with Extended Studio)
This course covers the same content as ENG 101, adding a studio component that complements learning experiences by providing additional individualized instruction and assistance with the development of course assignments, emphasizing invention, revision, and reflection within the writing process. We recommend this course for those students who work better with frequent feedback on the writing process.

Student Learning Outcomes
In ENG 101E, students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Understand the term rhetorical situation, analyzing audience and purpose in order to compose in multiple genres
  • Develop ideas and content appropriate to specific rhetorical situations, establishing control of thesis, paragraphs, and larger organization of the essay
  • Develop drafts and revise writing based on feedback from others, recognizing that writing involves collaboration with others
  • Write about and reflect on the strengths and weakness of their own reading and writing processes
  • Understand and employ research methods at an introductory level, documenting sources appropriately
  • Read and analyze arguments with an awareness of rhetorical situations, exploring persuasive strategies and possible consequences
  • Enhance language skills, establishing control of surface features such as syntax, grammar, and punctuation

ENG 101L: Extended Studio
The studio component complements the English 101E learning experiences by providing additional individualized instruction and assistance with the development of course assignments, emphasizing invention, revision, and reflection within the writing process.

Student Learning Objectives of the Studio
In the extended studio space, students will receive individualized supplemental instruction and practice in writing skills that may include the following:

  • Invention Strategies
  • Drafting of Content
  • Revision
  • Editing and Conventions
  • Collaboration
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Reflection

ENG 102 (Rhetoric, Genre, and Research)
The second course in our sequence, ENG 102 requires students to complete complex composition assignments involving rhetorical strategies, critical reading, and formal research. Students will practice performing multiple research methods, evaluating and documenting sources, synthesizing research, and developing original arguments. This course emphasizes analyzing genre to inform writing strategies and research methods, preparing students to transfer knowledge about genre and composition to other writing contexts.

Student Learning Outcomes
In ENG 102, students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Read and analyze arguments with an awareness of rhetorical situations, exploring persuasive strategies and possible consequences
  • Understand primary and secondary research and use multiple methods to find and evaluate information from a variety of sources
  • Summarize and synthesize multiple sources, integrating others’ ideas into original arguments, documenting appropriately
  • Create reasoned and well-supported arguments for specific audiences and in specialized genres
  • Compare and contrast how different communities, including academic discourse communities, discuss and respond to a similar topic or issue
  • Develop and refine voice and style
  • Reflect on and articulate one’s own composition choices, conveying rhetorical awareness and ability to transfer skills