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First Year Writing Program

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The first-year writing program teaches students the research and writing practices that they will need to succeed in their college careers, as well as the persuasive and argumentative skills necessary for a thriving liberal democracy.

Contact

Writing Program Administrator: Dr. Tara Wood
Email: Tara.Wood@unco.edu 
Office: Ross 1190A

Our Mission

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.

Our Courses

The Department of English offers three courses that satisfy Liberal Arts Core categories 1a and 1b:

  • ENG 122 College Composition
    • ENG 132 College Composition Enrichment (Non-LAC Supplemental Academic Instruction)
  • ENG 123 College Research Paper
  • ENG 225 Communications on a Theme

The Department of English offers numerous sections of all three courses each semester, as well as during the summer. 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)

There are other courses across campus that also meet the LAC 1b requirement (SCI 225, SCI 291, BA 205, PVA 152). Learn more about other LAC 1b courses