Composition At WSU

Composition at Weber State University is typically a two- or three-semester course sequence (see options below) designed to familiarize students with the principles of writing at the college level. This sequence provides students with the specific writing skills required by their departments and with strategies for writing at the college level (and beyond), including invention, drafting and revision, critical thinking, argumentation, interpretation and analysis, organization and development, and research and citation.

Composition also serves a larger civic function; namely, to enable students to read and write thoughtfully and to think clearly about the arguments they encounter in the world around them in order to be critical, questioning members of both the academic community and any others to which they might belong. Courses include:

English 0955 | Developmental College Writing (6 credit hours)

English 0955 is designed not only to prepare students for entry into the English 1010 and 2010 course sequence, but also to prepare them to perform satisfactorily in those university courses requiring writing, reading and critical thinking. English 0955 is a course devoted to developing basic and fundamental principles of literacy toward college applications.  


Students without a placement score should consult a College Advisor. Those who score below 17 on the English section of the ACT (Level 2)  may challenge this placement by taking the WSU Accuplacer test. See: https://www.weber.edu/TestingCenter/accuplacer.html


Students with a Level 2 placement may wish to consider ENGL 1005, below. This course may be taken as a stand-alone course or in the context of the Wildcat Scholars program, which comes with free textbooks and a parking pass! See Wildcat Scholars, below, for more information.


For more detailed placement information please consult: https://www.weber.edu/placement/english-placement.html


English 1005 | EN 1 College Reading and Introductory Writing (6 credit hours)

English 1005 introduces students to the habits and practices necessary for reading and writing at the college level. Students will focus on the writing process, writing for specific audiences, collaboration with peers, grammatical and mechanical correctness, improving reading comprehension, and the interrelationship between reading and writing. 

Students who have placed into ENGL 0955 (Level 2) may choose to take this accelerated co-requisite course, which will satisfy the requirements for ENGL 0955 and ENGL 1010.

Students with a Level 2 placement may wish to consider taking ENGL 1005 within the Wildcat Scholars program, which comes with free textbooks and a parking pass! See Wildcat Scholars, below, for more information.


For more detailed placement information please consult: https://www.weber.edu/placement/english-placement.html
 

English 1010 | EN 1 Introductory College Writing (3 credit hours)

English 1010 introduces students to the habits and practices necessary for writing well at the college level by providing them opportunities to write in a variety of styles and genres. Although individual pedagogy may vary from section to section, the course emphasizes invention, organization, cohesion, focus, and grammatical and mechanical correctness. Because the relationship between writing and reading is a reciprocal one, English 1010 also emphasizes students reading texts that are consistent with the kinds of reading assignments they will be asked to do in other university courses.


Students who score between 17-28 on the English section of the ACT are placed in English 1010 (Level 3). Students who have no ACT score may take the WSU Accuplacer. For more detailed placement information please consult: https://www.weber.edu/placement/english-placement.html
 

English 2010 | EN 2 Intermediate College Writing (3 credit hours)

English 2010 builds upon the habits and skills developed in English 1010. The course provides instruction and practice in exposition, argumentation/persuasion, and documented research. It emphasizes critical thinking, the reciprocity of reading and writing, and the production of well-developed analytical arguments.


Students who score 29 or higher on the English section of the ACT may place in English 2010 or English 2015, below (Level 4). Students who have no ACT score may take the WSU Accuplacer. For more detailed placement information please consult: https://www.weber.edu/placement/english-placement.html

 

ENGL 2015 | EN 2 Intermediate College Writing and Research (4 credit hours)

Intermediate College Writing and Research focuses on combining writing and research skills. It will focus on writing arguments, conducting research, and documenting sources. Students will continue to learn practices of successful academic writing including the writing process, writing for specific audiences, and collaboration with peers. Students completing this course will be able to use an academic library and the Internet to successfully identify, access, evaluate and use information resources to support academic success and lifelong learning. This course will fulfill both the English Composition and the Information Literacy General Education core requirements.

Students who score 29 or higher on the English section of the ACT may place in English 2015 or English 2010, above (Level 4). Students who have no ACT score may take the WSU Accuplacer. For more detailed placement information please consult: https://www.weber.edu/placement/english-placement.html

 

Pathways for Completing your Composition Requirement

 

Your placement shows where you need to begin in one of these course sequences to fulfill your English Composition requirement.

Possible options:

•    ENGL 0900 → ENGL 0955 → ENGL 1010 → ENGL 2010 or
•    ENGL 0900 → ENGL 0955 → ENGL 1010 → ENGL 2015 or
•    ENGL 0900 → ENGL 1005  → ENGL 2010 or
•    ENGL 0900 → ENGL 1005  → ENGL 2015 or
•    ESL courses → ENGL 1010 → ENGL 2010 (for non-native English speakers) or
•    ESL courses → ENGL 1010 → ENGL 2015 (for non-native English speakers)

 

For convenience, see the flowchart below:

 

Wildcat Scholars

 

Wildcat Scholars is a learning community with purposefully designed courses that help students build a solid foundation for college success. For students with placements in developmental math and English, Wildcat Scholars provides an alternative path to success and to accelerate progress toward a degree at WSU. We offer a welcoming support network to students as they transition into college through comprehensive financial, academic, and personal support.