General Education: Composition (3-6 credits)

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General Education: CompositionGeneral Education: Composition

General Education: Composition

Students will have the ability to develop and present ideas clearly.  Communications skills include "those required for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening" and "awareness of the challenges of cross-cultural communication" (BOG).  Students are required to complete an Introductory Composition course (3 credits) as described below.  Intermediate Composition may also be required to complete a specific degree.  Check your degree program sheet to determine if you must complete these credits.

Introductory Composition (3 credits)

Knowledge and Comprehension:

  • To demonstrate a capacity to carry out the planning, drafting, revising, and editing stages of the writing process;
  • To construct, explain, and illustrate interpretations of readings;
  • To recognize both what a text says and how it works (its rhetorical strategies)

Application and Analysis

  • To analyze the elements of the writing situation (subject, purpose, audience) as a foundation for writing;
  • To apply rhetorical strategies in writing

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(Optional) Intermediate Composition (3 credits)

Application and Analysis

  • To produce prose that is clear, coherent, convincing, and correct;
  • To apply strategies for effective cross-cultural communication

Synthesis and Evaluation

  • To write papers that formulate original positions on a problem or issue in the context of a synthesis of multiple primary and/or secondary sources;
  • To assess the usefulness and reliability of potential print, electronic, and primary research for a proposed research report;
  • To plan, develop, and write appropriately documented and formatted academic and/or professional texts

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