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Composition Program

Most students at HSU will have the opportunity to take courses in the Writing/Composition Program because the courses within this program meet students' General Education (GE) Area A: Written Communication requirement.

Our foundational GE courses, such as English 102&103 and 104 emphasize critical reading, topic development, organizational strategies, and research-based argument writing. Other elective courses, such as English 215, pair student-interest with curricular content in order to provide students with opportunities to engage in writing as an interdisciplinary activity. 
 
The program is committed to helping students develop the writing abilities and habits of mind that foster effective academic, civic, and professional participation. Therefore, our courses are grounded in the idea that writing and research are crafts that can be honed through study and practice. To this end, we seek to balance the study of rhetorical features with practice in composing for particular contexts.

Composition Courses Offered

Currently, the Writing/Composition Program offers four different courses: English 102 & 103, English 104, English 200, and English 215. Please review the descriptions below to learn more about each course. 

English 102 and English 103: Composition and Rhetoric A and B

  • Meets for two-semesters with the same cohort of students
  • Offers a moderately paced first-year writing course
  • Provides more time to complete and more support for assignments
  • Begins with shorter (3-4 page) pieces
  • Builds to more substantial (5-7 page) argumentative essays that integrate multiple research sources
  • Intended for students who will benefit from more time to build academic reading and revising skills
  • Enrolls 21 students per section
  • Earns six credits and satisfies the GE Area A Written Communication requirement when successfully completed with a passing Assessment Portfolio

English 104: Accelerated Composition and Rhetoric

  • Meets for one-semester
  • Offers an aggressively paced first-year writing course
  • Focuses on rhetorical analysis and more substantial (5-7 page) argumentative essays that integrate multiple sources
  • Intended for self-motivated students who are confident with the rigors and expectations of college-level reading and writing
  • Enrolls 25 students per section
  • Earns three credits and satisfies the GE Area A Written Communication requirement when successfully completed with a passing Assessment Portfolio

English 200: Academic Writing and Revision

  • Required for students who successfully progress in English 102&103 or English 104 but need to revise their Assessment Portfolio for (re)submission
  • Focuses on individual and group instruction in revision of Assessment Portfolio
  • Culminates in (re)submission of the Assessment Portfolio
  • Earns three credits during an eight week or sixteen week meeting schedule
  • Enrolls 24 students per section

English 215: Information Literacy and Writing Seminar

  • Offers a one-semester cross-disciplinary writing and research course
  • Earns two units of elective credit
  • Meets one day a week in computer lab
  • Involves student-driven curriculum and pacing
  • Includes instruction in and support for research methods and digital literacies
  • Offers practice using online writing resources
  • Intended to provide support for the reading, writing, and research efforts for students in any HSU course
  • Enrolls 18 students per section