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English Composition 

Catalog Description

Focus on techniques of effective written expression.

Course Content

Students in this class will write a series of essays that build upon each other as a sequence of successively complex cognitive tasks. They will also learn about written communication as an individual and a social activity.

Nature of Course

Purposes of the course include the following: developing students’ writing abilities as reflected in coherent thought, effective organization, and reasonable stylistic force and fluency; fostering an appreciation of how writing functions in personal, social, historical, and cultural contexts, both as a means of expression and as a mode of learning. Students in the class engage in writing as a process for each of the formal assignments—from prewriting activities through drafting to revision. These assignments are supplemented by readings in the texts, by in-class group activities, and by writing of a less formal nature.

Student Expectations

Students should demonstrate satisfactory performance in all class activities, including both informal and formal writings and the final examination.


EN 099 or appropriate score on University Placement Test.



Credit Hours



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General Education Program
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701