The English Writing/College Composition Component of the English Program offers four courses: EN99 Writing in the Contemporary World (previous designation CC99); EN101 College Composition I (previously titled CC 110, a Topic-Based Writing Course); EN102 Persuasive Writing (previously titled CC 112 Controversial Issues); and ENH102 Honors Persuasive Writing (previously titled CC112 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 English Writing 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 EN101/CC110 and EN102/CC112 to meet the College writing requirements, with the following exceptions:
- A student exempts EN101/CC110 via placement test and goes directly into ENH102/CCH112
- A student exempts EN101/CC110 by demonstrating proficient foundational skills in EN99/CC99 and goes directly into EN102/CC112
Ordinarily, students are expected to complete the composition sequence no later than the end of their first semester, sophomore year.
Learning Outcomes of the English Writing/College Composition Program
- Students will effectively communicate in writing and class discussion about contemporary, classical, and controversial issues.
- 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.
- 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 English Writing/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"