University Core Curriculum
6 credits in English Composition
The English composition requirement ensures that University undergraduates have intensive training in written communication in two small classes. The two composition courses focus not only on surface correctness (absence of errors) but also on critical thinking and reading, analysis of written and visual texts, evaluation of sources of information, recognition of the difference between literary and nonliterary texts, and uses of technology to construct and analyze messages. In the English composition courses the students acquire the basic skills required not only to write well for their college classes but also to apply those skills in their professions and in their roles as responsible citizens.
Upon completion of the English composition course sequence, students are able to
1. Identify the strategies of argument used in written rhetoric;
2. Recognize and analyze works of poetry, fiction, and drama;
3. Produce thesis-driven, coherently-organized, evidence-based, respectful, persuasive, academic writing, appropriate not only for their later college assignments but also for their post-graduate life;
4. Write with a focus on process rather than only on the product, and recognize the purpose of drafting both for their writing and for their critical thinking;
5. Write with a good command of grammatically correct standard English, and understand what resources to consult with questions about grammar, mechanics, or style;
6. Use sources responsibly and ethically, document sources correctly, and understand how to use professionally-sanctioned citation and documentation systems;
7. Assess what they have learned;
8. Apply communication skills taught in 101 to other University courses.
Attendance policies are up to the instructor; however, students may NOT miss 6 TR or 9 MWF classes (20%)—excused or unexcused—and pass the class.
Written work is the primary focus for this class; writing assignments will be many and varied. Please feel free to ask questions if you do not understand a particular writing assignment. For your own protection, you must keep all work that you produce for this class—including drafts and in-class notes—until the end of the term.
In-class writing assignments will be unannounced and will be graded as a part of your participation grade.
Essays: The bulk of the writing required in this course will be in the form of four formal, academic essays. Specific essay topics and requirements will be presented in class.
Portfolio: At the end of the term, you will be required to turn in a portfolio of your work that will consist of your final paper, a revised version of an earlier, graded paper, and a short reflective essay in which you argue for the grade you deserve in the class.
Please see the Statement on Academic Integrity. If you have any questions about this policy or any part of it, please see your instructor. If you are unsure about your own proper use of outside sources, please consult with your instructor prior to handing in the assignment. You may also want to consult the Duquesne University Academic Integrity Policy found in your Student Handbook. All violations of the Academic Integrity Policy, intentional or inadvertent, will be recorded with the Director of Judicial Affairs, and intentional violations—ranging from unattributed cut-and-pasted sections in your paper to bought essays—will result in heavy sanctions ranging from failure on the paper to expulsion from the university.
If you have any disabilities that may impact your performance in this class, please speak to your instructor within the first week of classes.
If you are involved in a university athletic program and will miss class because of it, you must bring an official list of the classes you will be missing from the athletic department in the first week of class. Moreover, ALL work is to be submitted prior to the excused absence. You are responsible for any announcements and/or class notes that you miss.
For more information, please contact the Director of First-Year Writing.