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English Composition

3 Credits

This course is a part of:
Associate's Degree Program
Bachelor's Degree Program

This is an introductory course to English composition at the college level. Students will learn and engage in critical thinking and writing, as well as review and improve on basic grammar skills and writing style. Thesis statements, topic sentences and overall organization within each piece of writing will be the main focus of this course. Writing will be examined as a recursive craft, requiring time and effort to fine tune the message and delivery of the written work. As the course progresses, students will understand the connections between writing, reading and learning, and have the opportunity to develop a personal strategy for becoming a better writer, reader and critical thinker by the end of the semester.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop essay topics
  • Broaden or narrow a topic
  • Write thesis statements and adhere to them when writing
  • Write both broad and detailed outlines for an essay or article
  • Create effective topic sentences
  • Read and think critically
  • Write meaningful transitions
  • Improve grammar skills in relation to clearer writing
  • Improve mechanics skills in relation to clearer writing
  • Learn to revise, edit and proofread
  • Develop a research topic
  • Find research information
  • Evaluate sources
  • Write a bibliographical annotation
  • Use sources responsibly and effectively
  • Document sources