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Composition Curriculum

Course Descriptions
Students at the University of Dayton achieve the General Competencies in Reading and Writing by completing a course of study in composition. Most students entering the University of Dayton complete a two-year course of study in composition by enrolling in ENG 100 in their first year (either in fall or spring semester) and ENG 200 in their second year (either in fall or spring semester). Some students entering the University of Dayton will complete a one-year course of study in composition. If they place out of ENG 100, they will take ENG 200H in their first year (either in fall or spring semester). No first-year student at the University of Dayton may place out of the composition curriculum altogether. Students identified as unlikely to succeed in ENG 100 upon entrance to the University, may be placed in ENG 100A followed by ENG 100B. Together ENG 100 A and B provide students with the opportunity to gain the University General Competencies in Reading and Writing over the course of a full academic year rather than in just one semester.

All sections of and ENG 200 are part of the University of Dayton Common Academic Program. In addition, the two first-year courses (ENG 100 and ENG 200H) are part of the Humanities Commons, which is the first-year course of study in the Humanities that all University of Dayton students complete.

In ENG 100, students write about writing. Students are encouraged to think and write critically about their writing practices and the writing practices of diverse others. They are also encouraged to strengthen their writing process and improve their writing abilities. In ENG 200, a theme-based writing course, the approach is writing across the curriculum. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop rhetorical abilities that will make it possible for them to write effectively in a university context that consists of disciplines with varying expectations for writing. Faculty interested in developing a theme for ENG 200H, contact the Director of Writing Programs who can direct you to resources for theme development.