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WRIT 101 Introduction to College Writing

This course is designed for students who may not have recently taken a college-level writing course or who have been placed in the class as a result of the writing assessment. Students write short essays and work on developing and organizing ideas, composing well-structured paragraphs, and writing clear sentences.

Special information

Prerequisite: Placement on the writing assessment offered by Diagnostic Services. This course cannot be used to meet any general education requirement.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 2, 2018 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the effects of individual writing choices.
  • Apply conventions of Standard Written English to writing.
  • Appraise own and others' work in writing.
  • Devise and refine paper topics through extended inquiry.
  • Edit so that grammar, punctuation, style, spelling and mechanics choices enhance rather than distract from the writing.
  • Effectively utilize available word processing technologies to draft and save text.
  • Employ college-level pre-writing, drafting, and revision strategies.
  • Engage the instructor constructively about assessment.
  • Identify the denotative and connotative meanings of words.
  • Incorporate instructor and peer comments into writing.
  • Listen and contribute in group situations.
  • Measure the effectiveness of practices as readers and writers.
  • Organize writing around a controlling idea, or thesis.
  • Question the meaning of assigned texts, and discuss text constructively in class.
  • Seek clarification about assignments when necessary.
  • Understand and effectively respond to assignments as given.