The Courses

Introduction to College Writing:  Workshop (ENG 101)
ENG 101 offers intensive practice in college-level writing.  It is intended to develop students’ general fluency in and comfort with the conventions of written discourse, along with their abilities to use informal writing as a method of generating and refining ideas, to assess their own written work and that of peers, and to develop a fuller awareness of an effective writing process.

College Writing 1:  Writers and Literacies (ENG 102)
CW I asks students to explore their own expectations about the goals and purposes of written discourse, as well as those of the writing communities in which they participate, at the same time that they develop their writing skills and refine their writing processes through intensive practice.  Focusing on language’s function not only as a mode of communicating, but also of refining and deepening ideas as well as articulating cultural identity, CW 1 explores the questions: what does it mean to be a writer, and why might one choose to be one sort of writer rather than another?  Attention will also be given to achieving focus, organization, and readability in texts, as well as to critical reading and research skills.

College Writing II:  Rhetoric and Critical Analysis (ENG 202)
CW II seeks to enable students to intervene in ongoing discussions with a heightened sense of rhetorical awareness and purpose, building on the core of fundamental argumentation and critical thinking skills developed in CW I.  It offers students an opportunity to read, analyze, and develop responses to arguments through examining a variety of texts on a variety of topics, while keeping audiences, genre, and context always in mind.  CW II asks the question: What constitutes evidence, logical reasoning, and persuasive language in different contexts and for different audiences; and how do those discourse forms acquire and wield power in culture?  Attention will be given to recognizing claims, assumptions, ideas, subtexts, logical fallacies, and stylistic features.

College Writing III:  Advanced Exposition (ENG 302)
Offering intensive practice articulating complicated ideas with clarity and power, CW III emphasizes a workshop and process approach and for this reason is especially useful for students who might themselves go on to teach writing or language arts.  Students should expect to engage in a great deal of careful revision based on the responses of peer readers and to refine their abilities to articulate such responses themselves.