The Academic Writing Program (AWP) comprises two year-long course sequences: College Writing I and II (Rhetoric 101 and Rhetoric 102) and College Composition I and II (Rhetoric 103 and Rhetoric 104). Students in the College Writing sequence must be concurrently enrolled in a weekly, one-credit tutorial course (Rhetoric 100). Placement in AWP courses is generally dependent on ACT (English) scores. The maximum class size for all AWP courses is 16 students.
AWP courses are designed to provide instruction in structuring academic, argumentative essays. College Writing I and College Composition I focus on defining research questions, creating arguments, and providing evidence gleaned from primary sources. College Writing II and College Composition II offer instruction in the principles of rhetoric and in the use of primary and secondary sources to support arguments.
Principles of Composition is designed to develop students’ academic writing skills through frequent writing practice, particularly with writing analytic and argumentative essays based on evidence gleaned from primary and secondary sources. The course emphasizes invention, organization, drafting, and revising. Placement in Rhetoric 105 is generally dependent on ACT (English) scores. The maximum class size for all sections of Rhetoric 105 is 22.
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Principles of Composition is an advanced composition course designed to give further practice in exposition with extension into more specialized forms of writing. Class activities include anticipating audience, exploring stylistic choices, synthesizing and responding to material from multiple sources, planning and shaping a draft, receiving and incorporating feedback, revising, and editing. Rhetoric 233 is designed for the student whose career will require advanced competence in writing as an adjunct to another professional activity. Students enrolling in Rhetoric 233 must have completed their “Composition I” general education requirement. Course size is limited to 24 students.