Core Writing

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First Year Composition at UNM

To succeed in college and beyond, students need to become agile writers who can adapt their writing to a wide variety of audiences, contexts, purposes, mediums, and technologies. They must learn to analyze new situations and respond to them appropriately. Instead of teaching one right way of writing, we seek to make students flexible writers who can transfer what they’ve learned in 110, 111/112, 113, and 120 to new contexts and new genres.

English 110, 111/112, 113 and 120 teach students to analyze rhetorical situations and respond with appropriate genres and technologies. In addition, these courses are designed to help students improve their fluency in standardized edited American English while valuing and, at times, incorporating the linguistic diversity of the various communities students inhabit. This focus on linguistic pluralism fits the mission of Core Writing, of UNM, and of an increasingly global workplace. 

Each of the three courses described below offer different levels of support for students.

English 110: Accelerated Composition

Accelerated Composition introduces students to key approaches to writing. The course moves at a quick pace, often with writing assignments every week. 

ENGL 111-112: Composition I & II

Composition I and II is a two-semester sequence that provides students with extra support in their writing, including more time for drafts and lots of opportunities for feedback. Students stay with the same instructor for both semesters and can begin Composition I in the Summer or Fall semester.

ENGL 113: Enhanced Composition

Enhanced composition is a 4-credit class that augments the ENGL 110 curriculum with a once-per-week “studio.” During the 1-hour-per-week studio, students meet in small groups (approximately 7 students) with the instructor to receive extra support in their writing, including working closely on their writing process and receiving immediate feedback from peers or the instructor.

English 120: Composition III

English 120 emphasizes academic writing, research, and argumentation. You will design and research a project of your own and will summarize, synthesize, evaluate, and integrate secondary sources to support your own argument. You will also analyze the writing and research approaches (e.g., quantitative v. qualitative v. textual) of an academic discipline that is of interest to you.

You will build on the rhetorical approach introduced in English 110, 111/112 or 113 by continuing to analyze rhetorical situations in terms of audience, contexts, purpose, mediums, and technologies and apply this knowledge to your reading and writing. You will also extend your understanding of how writing and other modes of communication (such as visual and audio elements) work together for rhetorical purposes.

English 219: Technical and Professional Writing

English 219 introduces students to the different types of documents found in the workplace. Students focus on how to analyze and understand readers; needs as well as develop a coherent structure, clear style, and compelling page layout. Students learn useful writing and research strategies they can use as they write correspondence, procedures, resumes, presentations, proposals, and multi-page reports. 

English 220: Expository Writing

English 220 is an intermediate writing course designed for students who have passed 110, 111/112, or 113, and 120, and who wish to improve their writing skills to meet the demands of academic writing across the disciplines; Course readings and assignments should provide students with opportunities to study and practice various rhetorical forms, and teach students the rhetorical foundations necessary for adapting writing to any situation.

Prerequisites for 219 and 220:  110, 112 or 113 with a B or better or 120 with a C or better, 26 or higher on the ACT or 610 or higher on the SAT.

Department Contact

If you have any questions regarding these courses or think you may have an equivalent transfer course from another institution, please contact:

Gloria Sands
Program Coordinator for Core Writing
Humanities 269
(505) 277-5576
gsands@unm.edu