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General Education: CompositionGeneral Education: Composition

General Education: Composition (3-6 credits)

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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