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Writing Instruction

Writing in an English Course


Core Communication Courses

The Department of English offers three courses that satisfy the university Core Communication (KCOM) requirement:

  • ENGL 104, Composition and Rhetoric: Focus on referential and persuasive researched essays through the development of analytical reading ability, critical thinking and library research skills.
  • ENGL 203, Writing About Literature: Exploration of literature by genre and/or theme; literary analysis and interpretation; intensive writing about literature; course emphasizing research skills.
  • ENGL 210, Technical Business Writing: Focus on writing for professional settings; correspondence and researched reports fundamental to the technical and business workplace—memoranda, business letters, research proposals and presentations, use of graphical and document design; emphasis on audience awareness, clarity of communication and collaborative team-work.

All Core Communication courses assess students using the following objective areas:

  • Critical Thinking Skills: The course will enhance critical thinking skills through regular reading, class discussion, and writing assignments focused on key ideas about persuasive discourse.
  • Communication Skills: The course promotes communication skills through small and large group discussion of major ideas, issues, and questions central to course readings; through regular practice in persuasive forms of writing.
  • Teamwork: The course enhances the ability to work in teams by providing students with regular opportunities in and out of class to collaborate with classmates on relevant projects employing written skills, oral presentation skills, and classroom tasks.
  • Personal Responsibility: The course teaches personal responsibility by enhancing students’ understanding of how to use sources ethically while composing a persuasive argument or answer to an essay question; the course teaches personal responsibility by regular practice in teams and group discussion about ideas and issues.

Writing Intensive Courses