What We Teach
The mission of the UNC writing program is aligned with the core values and mission of the university, striving to prepare students to think, act, and communicate effectively in our diverse and global society. Instructors in our writing program focus on enhancing student’s rhetorical knowledge, their genre awareness, and their ability to identify, adapt, and employ various conventions and dispositions across contexts and disciplines. Students in the writing program are provided with formative feedback throughout their processes of writing and research, and instructors emphasize the social nature of writing and the value of revision.
The Writing Program at UNC offers 5 courses through the Department of English.
- ENG 122 College Composition (3 credit hours, LAW1, GtP CO-1)
- ENG 132 Composition Enrichment (1 credit hour, supplemental academic instruction course)
- ENG 123 College Research Paper (3 credit hours, LAW2, GtP CO-2)
- ENG 225 Communications on a Theme (3 credit hours, LAW2, GtP CO-2)
- ENG 323 Advanced Writing (3 credit hours, LAW3, GtP CO-3)
The Department of English offers numerous sections of all three courses each semester, as well as during the semester. Class sizes are small so that students can be sure of receiving individualized attention.
ENG 122 - College Composition (3)
Extensive practice in writing clear and effective academic prose with special attention to purpose, audience, organization, and style. Instruction in critical analysis and revision. (LAC, gtP)
ENG 132 - College Composition Enrichment (1)
Co-requisite: ENG 122. This one-hour composition enrichment provides supplemental academic instruction with an emphasis on the relationship of reading and grammar to writing. Students who have scored below 18 on ACT in English, below 470 on SAT in English, and/or have below a 2.75 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to enroll in this course.
ENG 123 - College Research Paper (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 122, an ACT score of 30.0 or higher in English, or an SAT verbal score of 630 or higher prior to March 2016, or SAT Reading score of 34 or higher after March 2016. Instruction in diction, style, logical analysis, research techniques and organization of college level research papers. (LAC, gtP)
ENG 225 - Communications on a Theme (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 122, an ACT score of 30.0 or higher in English, or an SAT verbal score of 630 or higher prior to March 2016, or an SAT Reading Test score of 34 or higher after March 2016. Topics for writing chosen from ideas of historical influence and/or contemporary problems. Repeatable, may be taken two times, under different subtitles. (LAC, gtP)
ENG 323 - Advanced Argument (3)
Prerequisite: GtCO2, LAC1b, an ACT score of 30.0 or higher in English, or an SAT verbal score of 630 or higher prior to March 2016, or SAT Reading score of 34 or higher after March 2016. Instruction in advanced analysis and production of upper-level college arguments, including extended application of rhetorical and discourse theory. This course emphasizes revision and reflective writing. (LAC, GtP)