English 1103 Course Description

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.

Lower Division Studies offers English 1103 to students who have exempted English 1101 and who are placed in this course through placement testing, SAT scores, or AP scores. English 1103H is an honors course primarily for Honors College stu­dents and functions as a Freshmen Learning Community. The content of the FLC course is not different from English 1103, however, unless the Honors freshmen community has a specific theme attached to it. This advanced composition course assumes a high caliber of reading and writing skills on the part of the students.

At GSU, English 1103 instructors develop their own themes, readings, and as­signments in order to design a course that provides more breadth and depth than the 1102 or 1103 entails. Because each section of the course varies in theme and assignments, this course offers more flexibility for the instructor and the students. The amount and complexity of the reading load represents a higher expectation of student ability and diligence. The assignments typically focus on close readings and analyses of fiction and non-fiction texts; creative and exploratory genres; and extensive research-based argumentative essays or projects.

Like instructors in other First-Year writing classes in Lower Division Studies, in­structors for English 1103 emphasize the writing process, peer interaction and peer reviews of drafts, and reflecting upon writing and learning through writing prompts and discussions. In addition, this class, like 1101 and 1102, enables you to hone your skills through extensive practice in reading, writing, discussion, re­sponse, oral presentations, and other activities that promote critical thinking.


By the time you successfully complete the English 1103 course, you should un­derstand and engage in writing as a process, including generating ideas, gather­ing evidence, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. The writing process, while both individual and collective, proves to be different for each student, and you will discover the benefits of recursively going through the process, writing multiple drafts and using a variety of strategies, including having conversations with your instructor, your peers, and yourself about your writing and your thought processes as you write and revise.

You will be introduced to the collaborative, social aspects of writing, including the ability to use writing as a tool for learning. Many of the assignments and classroom activities will ask you to collaborate with your peers by responding to readings, creating documents and other projects, and providing feedback on each others’ work. In addition, you will find ways to engage in academic discourse through close reading and analysis and through devising original arguments about texts and issues. You will also learn more about discourse through producing discourse. For example, you might revise a piece you have written by transforming it into another genre, which enables you to think about how form influences content and how different genres speak to audiences differently.