Composition

Area of Humane Learning

Updated Fall 2013
Effective writing is an essential skill for college students and graduates. The composition courses offered by the college enable students to reach the outcomes of the general education requirement, ensuring that all graduates will have:
  1. exhibited fundamental critical and creative thinking skills,
  2. having posed and investigated a question, assessed and/or evaluated information, and formulated conclusions
  3. synthesized and integrated a variety of information into a coherent whole
  4. demonstrated the capacity to learn for a lifetime by locating, accessing, evaluating, and utilizing information
  5. demonstrated effective communication skills

The composition requirements of the college ensure that all graduates will be able to write effectively, utilizing the conventions of standard written English, and will be able to undertake basic academic research, employing a variety of learning resources and technologies. These courses are specifically designed to undergird the Milligan curriculum and to fit the major field of each student. COMP 093 is required for students who demonstrate writing skills below the college level (see Developmental Studies). COMP 111, emphasizing effective rhetoric, is designed to be taken in the spring semester of the freshman year. COMP 145 may be required for students who have previous composition credit but whose writing sample indicates specific areas of deficiency (see Writing Competency). COMP 211, which focuses on more advanced analytical skills in multiple disciplines, is usually taken in the fall semester of the sophomore year.

COMP 111 and COMP 211 play an essential role in preparing students to do significant undergraduate research.