Academic Program - Composition Studies
Composition students will engage in frequent practice in academic writing, with an emphasis on building effective arguments. Further, students will build “learning portfolios” that showcase their best academic writing, including self-reflections on changes in their writing process and performance. Because research indicates that changes in student writing occur slowly (over a period of years), it is important to evaluate the curriculum for coherence and sequential learning opportunities as students move from the first writing course to the next.
- Goal 1: Construct thesis-driven academic essays
- Goal 2: Organize essays with an awareness of the parts of an argument (introduction, background, thesis (claim), support, rebuttal, conclusion)
- Goal 3: Conduct research and examine primary texts to develop and to support a thesis or claim, and document sources by following MLA or APA style
- Goal 4: Develop an awareness of different perspectives and cultural values
- Goal 5: Follow the conventions of standard written English, avoiding mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and spelling that impede intended meaning.
- Goal 6: Develop self-awareness as a writer in an academic setting
Division Chair, English/Humanities