English @ OU

Composition Courses

Undergraduate students at Ohio University are currently required to take one semester of composition at the freshman level, and one semester at the junior level.

Any of the three freshman courses offered will fulfill the First-Year Composition requirement; each of the three courses fulfills the same purpose with a slightly different topic. Very much like First-Year Commposition, any one of the following courses will fulfill the Junior-level requirement for students: 3060J, 3080J, 3090J, and 3840J.

Some of the writing courses at Ohio University are regularly scheduled in Computer Classrooms. Those courses are listed in TRIPS as being taught in Ellis Hall rooms 19 and 20, and are flagged as requiring the use of a computer.


The 1500-level and 3000-level composition courses have an attendance policy that allows for four hours of missed class time or absence. Each additional hour of absence will result in the loss of one-third of a letter grade.



The First-Year Composition Requirement:


English 1510: Writing and Rhetoric

The First-Year Composition course at Ohio University is English 151: Writing and Rhetoric I. Throughout the semester, students write and revise three to four essays that cover a variety of topics such as communication, gender, race, ethnicity, social issues, and controversial issues facing professional fields. Most sections of this course use Writing about Writing , an anthology of scholarly articles concerning composition theory and Readings about Writing , which is a supplementary reader developed by the English Department. A few sections of English 151 meet in computer classrooms each day of class while other sections visit computer labs for assignments on an as needed basis.



The Junior Composition Requirement:


English 3060J: Women and Writing

English 306J is a writing course that deals with works about, written, or read by women. Various methods are used to teach this course; past instructors have had their students write memoirs, read and explicate literary texts, critique the portrayal of gender stereotypes in film and popular culture, interrogate sexuality, and discuss feminist theory.

English 3080J: Writing and Rhetoric II

English 308J is the Junior-level cognate of English 1510. As in First-Year Composition, students work on honing rhetorical reading and writing skills through in-class discussion, peer critique, revision, and extensive informal and formal writing. Topics and required texts for this course vary widely, depending on the instructor and their preferences. This course is recommended for students who are not majoring in technical professions.

English 3090J: Writing in the Sciences

Provides students in the sciences with an opportunity to practice writing within their majors. Focuses on how to review prior research, how to propose research projects, how to incorporate research results into final reports, and how to write clearly and concisely.

English 3100J: Writing about Environmental Sustainability

Our readings, film screenings, discussions (oral and online), research and composing will be focused on relations between people and the environment, primarily but not exclusively, in our regional environment. We will explore mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, the natural history of the region's forests, industrial food systems and "locavore" (agri)culture. Our approach will be "ecological" in the sense of attempting to understand our complex interrelationships with the natural and artificial systems we rely on and of which we are a part. We will take a similar approach to environmental rhetoric and use rhetorical analysis as the main means of mapping connections among informative, persuasive, and creative discourse on these topics.

English 3840J: Writing, Reading, and Rhetoric in the Professions

Examines rhetorical theory in professional writing, such as the role of context, audience, and purpose in creating documents, and ethical decision making in professional writing. Will engage students in writing and reading critically, writing individually and collaboratively, and writing formally and informally.