Second-Year Writing


The second-year writing course, ENG 200, is taken by students who completed ENG 100. ENG 200 is a variable theme-based writing course focused on academic discourse, research, and argumentation. By studying scholarship in different disciplines, students will develop rhetorical awareness about the arguments, approaches, and conventions of these disciplines.


Course themes are chosen by the instructor and change from semester to semester. Here are examples of themes covered in the past:

  • China's Middle Class
  • Sustainability
  • Obedience and Authority
  • Gender Roles
  • Poverty


Upon completion of ENG 200, students should be able to:

  1. Write about primary and secondary texts on the course theme in a manner that reflects the ability to read critically.
  2. Engage in a process approach to writing college‐level prose.
  3. Produce rhetorically effective college‐level expository prose.
  4. Produce well researched academic arguments and appeals that are documented in accordance with the MLA style manual.
  5. Examine one topic from at least three disciplinary perspectives, two of which are in the Humanities Commons.
  6. Examine one topic with attention to differences such as race, class, gender, and/or sexuality.

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