ENGH-0890 course is designed to broaden students’ understanding of what it means to read for and write in the university. This course addresses a broad spectrum of writing activities relevant to the first year experience. This course familiarizes students with writing and reading from across the curriculum. A primary goal of this course is for students to gain confidence in writing in a variety of genres common to the university, including but not limited to essays, reports, emails, as well as multimedia and web related documents. English 0890 is a five credit nontransferable course. This course does not transfer to other institutions of higher education; however, the grade students receive for this course does count towards their GPA.


You will:

  • Draw on previous experience, knowledge, and skill to meet the challenges of writing in the academy;
  • Understand and use rhetorical strategies to identify and make informed choices about writing within multiple contexts and for a variety of audiences;
  • Make connections and distinguish between personal reflection and public writing;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the recursive nature of the writing process and its parts, pre-writing, drafting, revision, and editing;
  • Compose in electronic environments and use technologies associated with writing in the university;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with genres of writing common to the university;
  • Apply Standard Written English grammatical/usage when appropriate to meet the needs of an identified audience, understanding both its application and limitations;
  • Compile a portfolio to show progress and a facility for writing in a variety of modes and genres and for specific audience and purposes


You might be asked to:

  • Write an essay explaining how you came to be the kind of writer you are;
  • Analyze an article to identify the most important information and communicate that information to another audience;
  • Examine your college goals and what motivates you to be here;
  • Create a persuasive presentation to try and convince your peers about something important to you;
  • Conduct research about a concern or problem that is affecting your life;
  • Practice communicating visually through PowerPoint's, Posters, and Prezi's;
  • Analyze commercials and how they attempt to persuade the audience;
  • Explore the kinds of writing your future career will ask you to do and what you'll need to know to do it;
  • Reflect upon your progress, success, and struggles as a writer