College Composition

Department of College Composition

The College Composition Program offers four courses: CC 99, Writing in the Contemporary World; CC 110, a Topic-Based Writing Course; CC 112, Controversial Issues; and CCH 112 Honors Controversial Issues. Upon entering Pine Manor College, students take the Accuplacer test, which determines placement in the CC sequence. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better to move through the College Composition sequence. A student earning a grade of “C-“ or lower will receive No Credit (NC) and must retake the course.

All students must successfully complete CC 110 and CC 112 to meet the College writing requirements, with the following exceptions:

  1. A student exempts CC 110 via placement test and goes directly into CCH 112
  2. A student exempts CC 110 by demonstrating proficient foundational skills in CC 99 and goes directly into CC 112

Ordinarily, students are expected to complete the composition sequence no later than the end of their first semester, sophomore year.

Learning Outcomes of the College Composition Program

  1. Students will effectively communicate in writing and class discussion about contemporary, classical, and controversial issues.
  2. Students will think critically about the relationship and complexity of ideas in writing, and make connections between texts while considering issues through a variety of perspectives.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which race, class, ethnicity, and gender affect contemporary society.

Program Goals and Objectives

All sections of College Composition work toward the following:

  • Students will share in a community of writers, readers, and listeners
  • Students will effectively use narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques, as appropriate, within essays
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of tone, purpose, and audience
  • Students will think critically about contemporary, classical, and controversial issues
  • Students will be able to identify a writer's underlying concepts and assumptions
  • Students will identify and paraphrase main points and abstract ideas from reading
  • Students will read texts closely for analysis as well as to read them to explore their own ideas about a topic
  • Students will develop an understanding of writing as a process that involves brainstorming, free-writing, planning, drafting, revision, and editing
  • Students will be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own writing
  • Students will be able to use parenthetical citations and create a Works Cited list according to the conventions of MLA style
  • Students will write clear sentences, using correct grammar and mechanics, and language that is appropriate for the audience and occasion
  • Students will be able to write effective essays as measured by the "Standards for Grading"


For current information on College policies, organization, curriculum and academic courses, please see the Academic Catalog.


College Composition


  • Alexandra Bicks
  • Zach Buscher
  • Jennifer Jean
  • Emma Reinhardt
  • Shelley Scaletta
  • Sara-Anne Thomas

  • Contact:
    Hannah Baker-Siroty - Assistant Professor of College Composition and Interim Director
    Tel: 617-731-7125

Department Courses

  • CC 99 Writing in the Contemporary World
  • CC 110 A Topic-Based Writing Course
  • CC 112 Controversial Issues
  • CC H112 Honors Controversial Issues

Click here for Course Descriptions