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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.

For students who enroll in 1010 in the fall but need additional time to develop their college writing skills, the spring term “Extended English 1010” may be an option. To qualify, students must have a good attendance record and must have completed at least a draft of all major assignments. Any student who chooses to enroll in Extended English 1010 will receive an Incomplete (I) on their fall transcript, which may mean avoiding a failing grade. Then the grade they earn in the spring extended course will count as their English 1010 grade. If you think Extended 1010 might benefit you, please speak with your instructor.

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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