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English 1010: College Composition & Rhetoric

English 1010 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. Class size is small and designed to be interactive, and students receive individual attention as they work on both the writing process and the course products/assignments. Our undergraduate journal, Inside English 1010, is published each year and 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. Students who choose 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 or contact the director of the Writing Program, Nancy Small ( for additional information.


Inside English 1010 v1
Inside English 1010 v2

COM2 & COM3 Courses

The English department offers a selection of courses to help UW students satisfy the “COM2” requirement:

  • English 2005: Writing in Technology and Sciences

  • English 2015: Composition and Rhetoric II

  • English 2020: Literature Media and Culture

    These sections often have interesting themes, like cartoons, vampires, or zombies.

  • English 2025: Introduction to English Studies

    This class is only for English majors and for those considering English as a major.

  • English 2035: Writing for Public Forums

The following courses are also offered to satisfy UW’s “COM3” requirement:

  • English 3020: Culture, Communication, and the Workplace

  • English 4010: Technical Writing in the Professions

  • English 4075: Writing for Non-Profits

  • English 4999: Senior Seminar for English Majors

    This course is required in the senior year.

Our COM2 and COM3 classes are taught by talented and experienced faculty, and often include activities such as pairing with a student organization or local business so semester projects have real-world impact. Check the course descriptions for each semester to find out more details.

Students in any major can leverage their COM2 and COM3 course requirements into the foundation for a Professional Writing Minor. See our PWM webpage for more details.

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