ENG101-001: Expository Writing


January 12, 2016 - April 25, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
12:00pm - 12:50pm
Callaway Center N204
Colvin, Christina
Appropriate for First Year students.

Every semester. Intensive writing course that trains students in expository writing through a number of variable topics. Satisfies first-year English writing requirement.

Content: In this course, we will analyze and compose within natural, built, and digital environments that inspire, facilitate, and constrain writing. In so doing, we will expand your critical reading and writing skills, rhetorical knowledge, and familiarity with historic and ongoing issues pertaining to “the environment.”

While writing produced by students will constitute the major texts of this course, additional readings will include environmental writing from a range of genres, textual modes, and historical contexts. This focus will enable us to interrogate ways texts explicitly and implicitly address the influences of environment on writing processes. We will also explore the rhetorical features of physical places to assess how environments may themselves be analyzed as texts. Finally, we will ask what writing and rhetoric have to do with urgent environmental crises such as mass species extinction, resource depletion, and global climate change. As a section of Expository Writing, this course will train you to communicate clearly and effectively through frequent informal and formal writing assignments, field work, creative exercises, oral presentations, and collaborative work. This course also participates in the Domain of One’s Own Program. You will build and maintain a personal website and compose with a variety of digital tools.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.