Writing Program

College Composition Writing

Students entering college need additional help developing the critical thinking skills necessary to write for all academic and other rhetorical situations. Composition courses at Rose are designed to help students through three main objectives:

  1. Academic:  Students will develop the ability to recognize and use the conventions of academic and formal communication in order to prepare for the thinking, writing, and communication skills necessary to be successful in academia.
  2. Professional: Students will develop the communication and thinking skills needed to be successful in continually evolving workplace environments.
  3. Transformative:  Students will develop the reflective thinking skills needed for self-authorship by preparing to take ownership of their personal and social roles through critical questioning and reframing of existing paradigms. 

In all composition courses

The class professor will provide early assessment of each student's placement in the course and refer students who need additional skills to the appropriate resources on campus.

  • The professor will post the class syllabus in the electronic classroom associated with the course and will also provide regular private updates there of each student's grades progress.
  • The professor will provide timely grading on assignments along with useful feedback.
  • Students will read and analyze from six to twelve separate pieces of a balanced combination of literary nonfiction and fiction texts focusing on cultural or global awareness.  These texts will be accessed in the electronic classroom associated with the course and will set the thematic structure for student composition. 
  • Students will use one assigned handbook for both Composition I and II, which is available free on this Writing Program website and in their class section's online electronic site. The book may also be purchased in print form at the RSC bookstore for under $20.
  • Students must take and pass the final exam under proctored conditions during the college's final exam period in order to pass the class.
  • Grading in the classes will generally follow  the Rose State College Composition Program Writing Evaluation Standards

Composition I: ENGL 1113

Composition II: ENGL 1213