College Composition

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. Beginning in Fall 2013, 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:

  1. A student exempts EN101/CC110 via placement test and goes directly into ENH102/CCH112
  2. 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

  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 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"


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

  • EN 99/CC 99 Writing in the Contemporary World
  • EN 101 College Composition I (previously CC 110 A Topic-Based Writing Course)
  • EN 102 Persuasive Writing (previously CC 112 Controversial Issues)
  • EN H102 Honors Persuasive Writing (previously CC H112 Honors Controversial Issues)

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