Composition

Placement in Writing Courses

Each student planning to take English Composition is required to write a multi-paragraph essay before registering. Each essay is read by two readers and scored 1 (lowest) - 6 (highest), corresponding to standards established by the Department of Language & Literature. With a score of 6, a student places out of COMP107 Introduction to Rhetorical Skills into COMP110 English Composition I. To progress through the sequence, a final grade of C or higher is required. Failure to write the placement essay means a student is not permitted to take English Composition*. For more information, including scoring standards and sample essays, contact the Department of Language & Literature in Penn 105 or call 968-8150.

* Students who are registered for writing courses without having taken the placement test will be dropped.


Basic Writing

COMP090

By writing short compositions, through a process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing, students improve both grammar and usage and composition development and organization. Course readings serve as sources and models for writing. This course prepares students for subsequent composition courses.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Assessment Test score of 2 or permission of the Department of Language and Literature
Corequisite: None

Introduction to Rhetorical Skills

COMP107

This course in the English Composition sequence entails extensive expository writing with an emphasis on essential rhetorical skills. Through class discussion and intensive individual conference, instructors guide student use of evidence to support topic sentences and theses. Students prepare for COMP110 by developing fluency in their writing.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 4 or better or COMP090 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

English Composition I

COMP110

English Composition I emphasizes the systematic study of writing effective expository prose and argumentation, stressing development and support of a clear thesis. The focus of the course is to lay the foundation for future academic writing requirements, including the ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, summarize, paraphrase, and cite textual sources from required course readings.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

English Composition II

COMP111

In this continuation of English Composition I, students write several analytical essays assigned in conjunction with classroom study of at least three genres of literature, including drama, poetry, and short fiction. After sequenced instruction in research techniques, students write an argumentative and scholarly research paper.

3 credits
Prerequisite: COMP110 (C or better) or Permission of the Department of Language and Literature
Corequisite: None

Technical Writing

COMP114

This course is designed for students majoring in technical, pre-engineering, and scientific fields. Assignments reflect actual technical writing tasks, with a focus on subject, purpose, and audience. The class examines traditional linear documents (instruction manuals, proposals) and those in an on-line format. Students learn to incorporate electronic formatting into technical documents.

3 credits
Prerequisite: COMP110 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Language and Literature
Corequisite: None

Creative Writing I

COMP115

This course is a seminar-type exploration of creative writing techniques with emphasis on writing and criticism of student writing. Work from literary tradition will be studied as models and inspiration for the students' own literary efforts. Assignments will enable students to express and develop their creative skills.

3 credits
Prerequisite: COMP110 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Language and Literature, based on the writing samples
Corequisite: None

Creative Writing II

COMP116

This course is a seminar-type exploration of creative writing techniques with emphasis on writing and criticism of student writing. Work from literary tradition will be studied as models and inspiration for the students´┐Ż own literary efforts. Assignments will enable students to express and develop their creative skills. COMP116: Creative Writing II is an expansion of the skills listed in COMP115.

3 credits
Prerequisite: COMP110 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Language and Literature
Corequisite: None