Writing Program

Course Descriptions

TRS 91, Intro To Academic Writing (3 credits). This course introduces students to the strategies that are fundamental to writing source-based texts. Emphasis is on summary, response, analysis, and syntheses of multiple resources. Prerequisite: FLC Reading Placement Score placing student into TRS 91 or successful completion of TRS 90 with a C- or higher.

Comp 150, Rhetoric and Research (4 credits). This course emphasizes the interplay of reading and writing in an academic environment. Students will analyze a variety of academic texts and complete a series of writing assignments designed to teach them how to interpret arguments, identify constraints and bias, organize and present evidence and compose their own contributions to intellectual dialogues. Prerequisite: FLC Writing Placement Score placing student into Comp 150.

Comp 250, Academic Inquiry and Writing (4 credits). This course guides students through the process of proposing, conducting, and presenting an independent academic research project. Prerequisite: Successful completion of any CO-1 course with a C- or higher or FLC Writing Placement Score placing student into CO-2.

Comp 252, Professional and Technical Writing (4 credits). This intermediate composition course contributes to students’ development of the intellectual competencies of reading, critical thinking, research, and writing. The strategy of this course is to engage students in identifying, researching, and solving problems that arise in organizational contexts, rather than academic contexts. Students will see the broad applicability of the academic habits of mind they developed in introductory composition as well as appreciate how those habits of mind must be adapted to be effective with audiences in professional and technical discourse communities. Prerequisite: Successful completion of any CO-1 course with a C- or higher or FLC Writing Placement Score placing student into CO-2.

Comp 253, Action Research (4 credits). This intermediate composition course contributes to students’ development of the intellectual competencies of reading, critical thinking, research, and writing. The strategy of this course is to engage students in identifying, researching, and solving problems that are posed in their own educational surroundings. This course will introduce students to the research paradigm called “action research,” a form of inquiry which focuses on developing an understanding of an issue and bringing about action in the form of change. Students will develop skills in this methodology and in academic research through work in the following areas: designing a data collection instrument, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting research findings and related plans for change to various audiences. Prerequisite: Successful completion of any CO-1 course with a C- or higher or FLC Writing Placement Score placing student into CO-2.

Comp 350, Rhetoric of Inquiry (4 credits). This course is cross-listed with HON 350; Honors students should take HON 350 and all other students should enroll in COMP 350. All students will begin building a literature review of the relevant research in their field of study. Students will develop further their professional skills in their field, with an emphasis on developing successful, advanced writing skills, developing scholarship and/or grant writing skills, as well as developing an understanding of the methodologies and ideologies of their disciplines. For non-Honors students, they will write a research paper in their field of choice or the course will help them build a prospectus for their senior seminar project in their own major. For Honors students, this course will be the foundation class to develop the proposal that will become their Honors Thesis project. Prerequisite: Successful completion of any CO-2 course with a C- or higher and completion of 30 credits (sophomore standing).

All composition courses must be completed with a C- or higher to place into the next course in the sequence.

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