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  • First-Year Writing

    An introductory course in composition, ENG 110/112 provides you the opportunity to learn and practice analytical and communication skills that are crucial to success in college and beyond.. The course will emphasize writing practice in various rhetorical modes with focus on all stages of the writing process and writing as a thinking process. (Students who qualify with a grade of "C" or better in ENG 110/112 will be exempt from further writing requirements in the General Education skills category, but this does not exempt students from the writing emphasis course requirement.)

    Rhetorical Competence

    Students who complete English 110/112 with a C or better should

    •be able to communicate effectively in writing 
    •write with a clear sense of a purpose 
    •respond to the needs, knowledge, attitudes, and values of different audiences 
    •respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations 
    •adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality 
    •write in several genres and contexts

    Critical Thinking, Reading, & Writing

    Students who complete English 110/112 with a C or better should

    • be able to use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, and thinking 
    • understand how to find, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize appropriate sources 
    • understand how genres shape reading and writing 
    • be able to integrate the ideas of others with their own 
    • be aware of the relationships among language, knowledge, and power


    Students who complete English 110/112 with a C or better should

    • have flexible strategies for generating ideas, revising, editing, and proofreading 
    • understand writing as a recursive process 
    • be able to critique their own and others' work and use feedback effectively

    Knowledge of Conventions

    Students who complete English 110/112 with a C or better should

    • be able to use a format appropriate to the context 
    • have knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics 
    • be able to cite and document sources appropriately 
    • control such features as syntax, grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling

    Adopted by The English Department 02/05/03

    Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

    The Purdue OWL is one of the best writing resources available online. The OWL offers several resources including writing and teaching writing, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and job search and professional writing resources.  

    Murphy Library

    The campus library has many resources for students that include online article databases, course reserves online and offline, books for research and pleasure reading, newspapers, government information, interlibrary loan, computers and printers, quiet study areas, and reference librarians to help students find hard to find information. 
    Murphy Library

    Writing Center

    The University of Wisconsin La Crosse's Writing Center located at the Learning Center in 256 Murphy Library, is a major resource to all students. Anybody can go to the Writing Center to get help whether he needs help with an ENG 110/112 writing assignment or editing a Senior Portfolio piece.  
    Writing Center