This course offers a sustained introduction to composition theory and current scholarship in writing studies. It is required of all graduate students in English and Comparative Literature in the spring term of their first year. This requirement reflects the widespread recognition that composition and rhetoric has since the mid 1960s emerged as a large interdisciplinary body of scholarship within and beyond English studies, intersecting communications, computer science, creative writing, education, psychology, linguistics, literary studies, and media studies. The course introduces you to writing studies via the field’s history, theories, research methodologies, pedagogies, and technologies.

By the time you finish this course, you should be able to

  • Highlight areas of debate, articulate theoretical issues, and identify pointed areas of contention among competing theories of composition.
  • As a Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI)-certified researcher, develop a line of inquiry and protocol for a classroom- or curriculum-based study involving human subjects.
  • Apply selected theories to your own teaching practice as evidenced by a syllabus you develop for CPLT 110 or ENG 101, a statement of your teaching philosophy, and a simple ePortfolio.
  • Work with several digital composing tools that can contribute to your ability to develop, assess, and assist your students with multimodal composing.