Humboldt State University

DSP Step One: Get Acquainted With Your Options

Option One
English 102: Composition and Rhetoric A and English 103: Composition and Rhetoric B

  • Two-semester sequence with the same cohort.
  • Moderately paced first-year writing course with more time to complete and more support for assignments.
  • Curriculum begins with shorter (3-4 page) pieces and builds to more substantial (5-7 page) argumentative essays that integrate multiple research sources and incorporate various perspectives.
  • Intended for students who will benefit from more steps throughout instruction and more time to build academic reading and revising skills.
  • 21 students per class.
  • Successful completion of English 102-103 plus a passing Assessment Portfolio earns six credits and satisfies the GE Area A Written Communication requirement.

Option Two
English 104: Accelerated Composition and Rhetoric

  • One-semester cohort.
  • Aggressively paced first-year writing course.
  • Curriculum throughout semester focuses on rhetorical analysis and more substantial (5-7 page) argumentative essays that integrate multiple sources and incorporate various perspectives.
  • Intended for self-motivated students who are confident with the rigors and expectations of college-level reading and writing.
  • 25 students per class.
  • Successful completion of English 104 plus a passing Assessment Portfolio earns three credits and satisfies the GE Area A Written Communication requirement.

Additional Support for Either Option
English 215: Information Literacy and Writing Seminar

  • One-semester cross-disciplinary writing and research support course.
  • Two units of elective credit. Meets one day a week in computer lab.
  • Student-driven curriculum and pacing.
  • Curriculum includes instruction in and support for research methods and digital literacies; practice using online writing resources; time to research individually; and skills for locating, using, and evaluating all types of resources.
  • Intended to provide support for the reading, writing, and research efforts for students in any HSU course.
  • 18 students per class.

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