Perspectives on Individual ExpressionWritten Expression

Catalog Description

Focus on effective written expression in the context of a liberal education; emphasis upon critical thinking and the research paper.

Course Content

In addition to instruction in and practice of the elements of composition, selected essays will be read and analyzed as a basis for the development of the student's own writing skills and as the springboard to discussions and assignments addressing the nine objectives of the General Education program.

Nature of Course

Primarily a workshop class, this course will involve writing and reading essays. Students will be expected to share their work in pairs and small groups and to edit classmates' papers and to participate actively and regularly in the class's work. A major component is techniques of research; a research paper is required. As appropriate, the writing assignments will call on students to relate the materials in the assigned essays to themselves and their world (the nine objectives).

Student Expectations

Satisfactory performance in in-class workshops and on exercises and informal writings, on a minimum of five essays (plus revisions), at least one research paper, and the final examination (WP-002).

Prerequisites

EN-100 or advanced placement.

Corequisites

None.

Credit Hours

3

Perspectives on Individual ExpressionWritten Expression

Catalog Description

A course in writing with particular emphasis on environmental issues. All students must complete a group project. Fulfills same degree requirements as EN-140.

Course Content

This course builds on the skills developed in EN-100. Students will read essays related to environmental issues. They will also study principles of argumentation. Together, these will serve as the basis for several of the writing projects they will complete. A portion of the course will be devoted to techniques of research writing. The group project will also serve as the basis for writing and speaking assignments.

Nature of Course

This course has three major elements: writing from reading, argumentation, and the group project. The first involves reading and discussing a variety of writing related to environmental issues and using that reading and discussion as a basis for writing. Environmental issues tend to be multi-faceted, and many of the course activities, including the research project, will be devoted to using reading as a basis for writing. Class activities will include group work related to the writing projects. The writing will also involve study and practice in the principles of argumentation. The group project will require students to investigate and report on a local environmental issue. This activity specifically addresses General Education objective 9: demonstrate the ability to function responsibly in one's natural, social, and political environment.

Student Expectations

  1. Participate in all class activities, including
    1. Discussions
    2. Group work
  2. Complete a group project, including
    1. Written report
    2. An oral presentation to the class
    3. A log recording work on the project
  3. Complete all written work, including
    1. Quizzes
    2. Essay assignments
    3. A research report
    4. The final examination (WP002)

Prerequisites

EN-100 or advanced placement.

Corequisites

None.

Credit Hours

3

Perspectives on Individual ExpressionLiterary Expression

Catalog Description

A writing study of philosophy emphasizing the clarification, development, criticism and defense of philosophical ideas. (General Education course limited to students admitted to the University Honors Program.)

Course Content

Nature of Course

Student Expectations

Prerequisites

Corequisites

None.

Credit Hours

3

Contact

573.651.2783
univstudies@semo.edu
Memorial Hall 210
General Education Program
One University Plaza, MS 4180
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701