The two primary composition courses at ETSU are ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Both courses encourage you to develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills that you can use in all of your coursework at ETSU.
Catalog Entry: Writing paragraphs and essays based on close readings of various texts, with an emphasis on clear, grammatically correct expository prose. Students must take this course during the first eligible semester at the university. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above to pass this course. These courses do not assign grades C-, D+, or D.
ENGL 1010 is designed to help you develop writing skills necessary for future college courses and careers after college. The course also helps you develop critical reading skills that will improve your writing and your perception of the world around you. Even if you did a fine job in your high school English courses, ENGL 1010 will help you hone your formal writing skills.
Catalog Entry: Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or equivalent. Writing essays based on critical analyses of various literary texts. Emphasis on sound argumentative techniques. Requires documented research paper. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above to pass this course. These courses do not assign grades C-, D+, or D.
ENGL 1020 is designed to show you how to put together a research project from initial readings and discussions to the finished research essay. The course emphasizes formal research techniques that will serve you well in all your college courses and in many writing and work situations after you graduate.
Currently, you are able to enroll in special sections of ENGL 1020 that reflect different interest areas. The course descriptions are as follows:
English 1020: Cultural Expression will explore facets of high culture and popular culture.
English 1020: Civic Engagement will explore the workings of social groups and institutions.
English 1020: Scientific Exploration will explore the implications of scientific and technical advancements in the everyday world.
Catalog Entry: Prerequisites: ENGL 1020. Skills of exposition with emphasis on traditional grammatical principles, and methods of organizing reviews, articles, and sketches.
Catalog Entry: Prerequisites: ENGL 1020. An introduction to uses of computers in writing and literature, including document design and publishing on computers, interactive fiction and poetry, and Internet resources for literary study.
Catalog Entry: Prerequisites: ENGL 1020. Course emphasizes organization and presentation of technical material through effective applied writing, such as use of graphics, indexing, storyboarding, etc.
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If you have trouble with grammar, you can enroll in the English Grammar Tutorial by emailing Michael Briggs
. Your instructor might also require that you do some work in the tutorial as part of your official coursework.
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