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ENGL 101: Written English I

Course Description

The goal of this course is to provide students with reading, writing, and critical thinking strategies for their college work and beyond. Students will study and practice the writing process while reading and writing about each other’s works, as well as the works of published writers. Students will learn how to make effective arguments and how to locate, synthesize, and evaluate relevant information.

General Studies Competencies and Areas Satisfied

This course will satisfy the requirements of the First Tier, Area 1: Written English. It addresses the required competencies in creative thinking and written communication.

Essential skills and outcomes to be acquired through the course include:

  1. an ability to render close textual analysis;
  2. an ability to synthesize information from multiple texts;
  3. an ability to render clear, cogent ideas;
  4. an ability to structure well-developed, creative essays, with an argument;
  5. an ability to correctly employ standard written English usage;
  6. an understanding of ethnic/cultural diversity;
  7. an understanding of writing as a craft and an appreciation of style’s relationship with content;
  8. an ability to utilize basic technology to improve writing and research skills.

Writing Requirements

Students will write at least polished 20 pages over the semester, with the length and focus of each essay left to the instructor’s discretion. However, each course should include:

Required texts

One of the following rhetoric/argument guides:

Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference.
Other texts/readings determined by the instructor.

Academic Support Center

To receive individual instruction and feedback on writing in progress, students should be encouraged to visit The Academic Support Services Center in the basement of Scarborough Library. Visits are by appointment (via the online schedule found at or through ShepOwl at

Common Reading and Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Project

Instructors are encouraged to utilize the University’s Common Reading selection and/or works by the Writer-in-Residence and incorporate related events into their syllabi.