C1 Requirement

Composition 1, Introduction to University Discourse

As they make the transition from writing in the schools to writing in a variety of academic and professional contexts, students learn to apply rhetorical principles rather than rely on rule-driven formulas. They also experience and come to understand the connections among composing, thinking, and learning.

Students will:

  1. Write at least five relatively short essays (up to 1250 words) and read a variety of texts, including a significant amount of nonfiction that employs argument and analysis.
  2. Learn strategies for reading challenging texts -- that is, to understand a text’s purpose or purposes and to follow its train of thought, to begin to be aware of nuance and emphasis, and to be able to relate specific examples and statements to larger topics or claims.
  3. Learn strategies for analyzing and criteria for evaluating opinions, interpretations, and arguments (propositions about things that cannot be proved) and learn the academic uses of words such as argument, hypothesis, theory, assumption, claim, etc.
  4. Learn to analyze their processes as writers, develop strategies for enhancing those processes, and evaluate the results, all in relation to the particular demands of particular assignments. Students’ attention to process includes:
    • Learning specific strategies for invention and revision in relation to the quality of content as well as its clarity and accuracy
    • Learning the importance of a writer’s purpose, audience, and relevant conventions in relation to focus, coherence, and effectiveness
    • Learning to take charge of their proofreading and editing in standard professional English by analyzing their weaknesses and developing a plan for eliminating error
  5. Learn oral communication skills for effective participation in discussions as well as for formal presentations.
Note: This downloadable letter from UCSC Vice Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Education Richard Hughey attests that C1 sections of college Core classes are equivalent to the first course (e.g., English 1A) in a college-level composition series.