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COM1: English 1010

English 1010: College Composition and Rhetoric (3 credits) is designed to develop the critical thinking, planning, drafting, and revision processes that underpin college-level writing. To do this, we work with a range of writing styles and genres, and we focus on locating and using scholarly and other credible sources to build arguments. We also explore how writing for different audiences and situations both shapes and constrains communication choices. 

English 1010 fulfills the University Studies Program COM1 requirement and is often a pre-requisite for subsequent courses in many majors. The learning outcomes for COM1 are as follows:

1. Develop and communicate ideas in writing using appropriate technologies.

2. Find, evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and appropriately document information from a variety of sources in order to support a persuasive argument.

3. Recognize the importance of purpose, audience, and style as components of effective communication.

4. Strategically use a range of critical reading approaches to read and respond to college-level texts.

5. Make effective use of multiple drafts, revision, computer technology, peer and instructor comments, and collaboration in the achievement of a final work of communication.

6. Observe the accepted conventions of spelling, grammar, structure, and punctuation for Standard English.

7. Recognize similarities and differences in purposes and strategies of written, oral, and digital communication.

English 1010 classes are size and designed to be interactive, allowing students to receive individual attention as they work on both the writing process and the course products/assignments. Our undergraduate journal, Inside English 1010, includes examples of our College Composition and Rhetoric student writing.

If you have additional questions about our first year writing program, please contact the Director of Writing Programs, Nancy Small ( for additional information.

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