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First-Year Composition

Communicate with clarity.

First-Year Composition (ENGL 1030), part of Clemson University’s general education core curriculum, helps undergraduate students learn how to analyze the rhetoric that surrounds them and compose persuasive arguments for a variety of audiences.
Students examine texts in different formats, including essays, podcasts, and visual arguments, to better understand how these texts present evidence and why audiences might find them persuasive.
ENGL 1030 students also learn how to conduct research using library and archival resources, construct well-researched arguments about issues that matter in their communities, and revise their work based on feedback from instructors and peers.

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Director of First-Year Composition
Sarah E.S. Carter 
Office: 806 Strode Tower

General Education Learning Outcome: Communication

Students will demonstrate competence in communication through organization of a central message with supporting materials in the chosen medium.

Upon completing ENGL 1030, students will achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Think and write critically about the arguments around them
  • Analyze arguments in a variety of media, including visual and audio texts
  • Locate and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Brainstorm, research, draft, and revise arguments for different audiences and purposes

For a full list of learning objectives for First-Year Composition, please see the WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition.

The lab fees collected from ENGL 1031 (Writing Laboratory) are used for program enrichment and instructional support, as well as unlimited access to the Clemson Writing Lab for the duration of a student's time at Clemson.

Department of English
Department of English | 801 Strode Tower, Clemson, SC 29634