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Composition Program

Both English 1010 and English 2010 focus on helping individual writers improve their writing skills, habits, and attitudes. In English 1010, students write about topics of their own choosing in a variety of genres as a way to prepare for the variety of writing assignments they will face in their academic career and beyond. English 2010 emphasizes rhetoric, persuasion, research, and the chance to pursue seriously an interest or question. Both courses offer small classes and individual attention from the instructor.

Each year, top student writers from English 2010 are invited by their peers to perform readings of their work for the greater university community. These students are considered for cash prizes and publication in an anthology Voices: On Stage and In Print. It is published each summer and gives undergraduates of all disciplines the chance to be publicly recognized for their writing. The contest provides extra incentive for students to write well, engages them in careful and meaningful self-assessment, and reinforces class instruction and the value of diverse perspectives. Voices is a self-sustaining program originally made possible by a USU Innovation Grant and housed within the USU Composition Program.

Voices of USU: An Anthology of Student Writing

Voices of USU is an annual publication of undergraduate research writing, most of which first presented at the Citizen Scholar Conference. The anthology is assembled by a team of students and faculty, and used as a textbook in English 2010 classes.

Citizen Scholar Conference

The Citizen Scholar Conference is a twice-a-year opportunity for USU undergraduates from all majors enrolled in English 2010 classes to present their research to the university community. Nearly 1000 students, faculty and community members participate each semester.

For more information about Voices, contact co-directors Bonnie Moore or John Engler.

The courses

Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (English 1010): Students learn skills and strategies for becoming successful academic readers, writers, and speakers: how to read and write critically, generate and develop ideas, work through multiple drafts, collaborate with peers, present ideas orally, and use computers as writing tools.

Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (English 2010): Writing of reasoned academic argument supported with appropriately documented sources. Focuses on library and Internet research, evaluating and citing sources, oral presentations based on research, and collaboration. Prerequisites: fulfillment of Communications Literacy CL1 requirement through coursework (C- or better in ENGL 1010) or examination.


Program Contact:

Director of Composition Professor Brock Dethier
Office: Family Life 201B
Phone: (435) 797-3546
Email: brock.dethier@usu.edu