A smiling female student drips a chemical into a vial.A smiling female student drips a chemical into a vial.

Composition (6 credits)

Students will have the ability to communicate ideas effectively in writing.

Knowledge and Comprehension:

  • To demonstrate a capacity to carry out the planning, drafting, revising and editing stages of the writing process;
  • To acquire the ability to construct, explain and illustrate interpretations of readings; and
  • 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 expository and argumentative essays; and
  • To produce prose that is clear, coherent, convincing and correct.

Synthesis and Evaluation:

  • To write essays that formulate original positions on a problem or issue in the context of a synthesis of multiple published sources;
  • To assess the usefulness and reliability of potential print and electronic resources for a proposed research project; and
  • To plan, develop and write an appropriately documented and formatted research paper.

Required Courses

ENG 101 and 102 OR HON 150 and 250.