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First-Year Writing

First-Year Writing gives students the opportunity to break out of the five-paragraph essay format in order to explore richer, broader forms of writing.  For instance, students will learn to write in such genres as the personal essay, the exploratory essay, the ethnography, and the research essay.  Argumentation, which is the genre from which we make meaning as a democracy, is at the heart of First-Year Writing. 

Each course is designed around a theme allowing students to bring their wide-ranging interests and backgrounds to bear on a common theme that unites the class.  Some of the themes taught in our program include Writing about Life, Loss, and Experience; Writing the American Voice; Coming of Age; Creating Possibilities; Sports; Why We Write, and more. The theme is determined by each instructor; it will vary from section to section of the course.  Students will find that they get much one-on-one attention from their professors, most of whom meet with each student for individual conferences on their papers.

While introducing students to academic writing, the course initiates students into the pleasures of discovery enjoyed by many academics. Students learn that rather than recording what they already know, writing is a process of discovering what they think. This mode of discovery extends into learning the skills of investigation, whether that investigation takes students to the library, to a sub-culture in the community, or to a professional interview. As students learn the skills and pleasures of discovery, they also learn the rewarding skills of analysis and close reading. We seek to demystify reading and writing in this course, helping students to gain confidence in their ability to both comprehend and produce thought-provoking texts. In the end, students will experience the rewards and pleasures that come from crafting a cohesive, creative, and critical text that contributes new knowledge to the world.

ENG 1010 Learning Goals
  • To practice and gain an awareness of the writing process.
  • To produce writing that is characterized by a clear sense of purpose, order, style, and control of grammatical and mechanical errors.
  • To employ different modes of inquiry as students work to solve complex problems.
  • To practice different forms of discourse, giving particular attention to narrative, informative, and argumentative/persuasive writing.
  • To gather and assess a substantial body of information on a topic, drawing on sophisticated source materials.
ENG 1010 Policies and Registration Procedures

All students are required to complete a First-Year Writing course in the Fall semester of their first year.  Some students may have completed this requirement before coming to Belmont. If they have successfully completed a dual enrollment freshman composition course, scored 4 or above on the AP exam, or received IB credit for writing, they will not need to re-take ENG 1010. These credits will appear on Degree Works if they have been transferred to Belmont.