Composition At WSU

Composition at Weber State University is typically a two- or three-semester course sequence (English 0955, 1010 and 2010) 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. Composition at Weber State University consists of the following course sequence:

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 who score below 17 on the English section of the ACT and students who have no ACT score are placed in English 0955.  Students who score from 11 to 16 on the ACT and students who have no ACT score may challenge this placement by taking the WSU Accuplacer.
Another option for ENGL 0955 is to participate in the Wildcat Scholars program which has students take ENGL 1000 & ENGL 1010. This option comes with free textbooks and a parking pass! See Wildcat Scholars, below, for more information.

English 1010 | 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.

English 2010 | 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.


Complete both your English 2010 and Library 1704 requirements in one course!

This new pair of courses integrates LIBS 1704 with ENGL 2010. The integration of the two courses allows students to directly apply the skills developed in LIBS 1704 to the research papers required in ENGL 2010. In addition, you will receive guidance and support from two instructors!

English 2010 builds upon the habits and skills developed in English 1010, while LIBS 1704 guides learners to both gain insight into and hone their information literacy skills. This combined course provides instruction and practice in the research process and in using sources found through research in exposition and argumentation/persuasion. It emphasizes critical thinking, the reciprocity of research and writing, and the production of well-developed, well-documented analytical arguments. It prepares students to join conversations on important topics as informed and responsible participants so that they may contribute meaningfully. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify, access, evaluate, and ethically use and manage information resources to write clear, coherent, thesis-driven arguments that are carefully edited. They will be able to understand sources in relation to ongoing conversations, and enter into dialogue with them in their essays. Furthermore, they will be able to adapt their writing and information literacy skills to a variety of situations inside and outside the university for academic success and lifelong learning. Completion of this course meets the WSU Information Literacy requirement.


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.