The Guide‘s companion website is a good place to find supplemental learning resources for all first-year writing courses at GSU. Please visit this site to search for information on the Guide, writing tutorial videos, links to educational resources, grammar tutorials, and sample work by other students. As a first-year composition student, you will be expected to engage in classroom discussions, to complete reading and writing assignments outside of class, and to participate in the editing process for your papers and papers written by your peers. The resources you find here will help you succeed at each of these tasks.

Regardless of your major and intended career path, all students and professionals must know how to write well. Those who learn to write well must also acquire valuable skills in reading comprehension, synthesizing, argumentation, rhetorical analysis, and organization. As you work to improve your writing, you will also learn how to articulate your point of view, develop clear and ethically-driven arguments, and how to become a stronger thinker. Additionally, your participation in a university community and your ability to articulate your experiences can also benefit your outside and personal interests.

Lower Division Studies

The Lower Division Studies program for the Department of English comprises all first- and second-year composition and literature courses. Since every student must complete first-year writing courses (part of the University’s CORE classes), LDS strives to ensure the material you learn serves as the foundation of your future academic pursuits.

English 1101

English 1101 introduces you to college writing, increasing your ability to construct written prose. It focuses on methods of organization, analysis, research skills, and the production of short expository essays. The course will introduce you to readings on issues of contemporary social and cultural concern.

English 1102

English 1102 focuses on argumentative writing and is designed to increase your ability to construct persuasive appeals based on the highest academic standards of logic and evidence. Like English 1101, this course focuses on methods of organization, analysis, and research skills, but all with the goal of increasing your ability to build scholarly arguments that synthesize your ideas with the work of other academics

English 1103

English 1103 requires admission by permission of the English Department or the Honors College. This course is designed to develop your abilities to construct written texts on a sophisticated level. The course emphasizes critical reading and writing of various sources and incorporates advanced research methods. In addition, instruction in 1103 emphasizes more advanced rhetorical issues, including invention strategies, arrangement, selecting and analyzing evidence, and developing an appropriate style.