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Composition

Director of Composition: Dr. Denise Paster

Coastal Carolina University’s Writing Program invites students to develop and polish their writing skills as they consider the contexts, purposes, and audiences that shape the decisions they make as writers. In addition to approaching writing as a social process grounded in inquiry, fist-year composition classes at CCU stress the importance of reflective analysis, critical thinking, and close reading.

In ENGL 101, students gain experience in various types of writing. A research paper is required. Revising and editing skills are practiced.  This course includes 4-6 formal writing assignments as well as a number of informal pieces and a final exam.  Individual assignments vary with each instructor, but all ENGL 101 sections can be expected to:

  1. emphasize the drafting, revision, and editing of academic prose
  2. introduce students to the concepts of intellectual property and the definition of plagiarism
  3. introduce students to library research and documentation as well as the Writing Center
  4. spend significant class time on pragmatic writing tasks such as paragraph formation, sentence structure, source integration and basic rhetoric.

In ENGL 102, students read and analyze short stories, poems, and plays. Writing assignments include literary analyses and one research paper. Revising and editing skills are practiced.  This course includes 3-5 formal writing assignments as well as a number of informal pieces and a final exam.  Individual assignments vary with each instructor, but all ENGL 102 sections can be expected to:

  1.  emphasize the drafting, revision and editing of academic prose
  2. build on the library research and documentation skills introduced in ENGL 101 by foregrounding the research essay as the culminating writing task of the semester
  3. provide students with a language for moving beyond an initial emotional response to an analytical response to literature, and thereby encourage appropriate structures and approaches for analytical writing in a broader academic context
  4. continue ENGL 101’s emphasis on writing as a process that includes many steps and ongoing engagement among writer, text, and audience.

ENGL 211 is a practical introduction to principal types and forms of technical writing, including description of a mechanism, process, analysis, definition, and the proposal.  This course includes 4-6 writing tasks that focus on ways to research, organize, and present information.  Individual assignments vary with each instructor, but all ENGL 211 sections can be expected to:

  1. emphasize the drafting, revision and editing of documents that are able to convey specialized information for technical as well as non-technical audiences
  2. build on the library research and documentation skills introduced in ENGL 101 by including a collaborative project that requires the collection, assimilation and presentation of information derived from outside sources
  3. provide students with the vocabulary and rhetorical forms necessary to move between informal writing and writing for specialized audiences
  4. continue ENGL 101’s emphasis on writing as a process that includes many steps and ongoing engagement among writer, text, and audience.