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English Composition Core Courses
Students must satisfactorily complete six (6) credit hours of approved coursework (Composition I and II). A major emphasis of the
University of South Florida's General Education curriculum is to
develop and refine students' written communication skills. Composition
I and II provide the foundation for academic and professional writing.
- Composition I addresses expository and
academic writing and textual interpretation. Through its emphasis on
thinking rhetorically, analyzing and synthesizing of ideas encountered
in multiple readings, and writing as a process, this course will
prepare students for academic writing. Students learn to interpret,
critique, summarize, and paraphrase texts.
- Composition II addresses persuasive writing, library
research, Internet-based research, and original research; it emphasizes
thinking rhetorically, providing evidence for assertions, creative
thinking, and writing as a process. Analysis and synthesis are key
components of this course.
Composition I and II emphasize
systematic organization, effective use of detail, compelling treatment
of evidence, demonstration of reading skills, appropriate consideration
of audience, language use (style) appropriate to discipline and
audience, and construction and analysis of valid and sound arguments.
In both courses, process writing is fostered through multiple drafts
with careful revision and editing.