- Select and develop an appropriately complex argument, given audience, purpose, and length requirements.
- Develop and support an argument appropriate to context, audience, and purpose.
- Locate, engage with, and integrate evidence into your own argument.
- Avoid plagiarism and include all important citation information.
- Use language that conveys meaning to readers with clarity.
Standard Course Offerings
EN 125, 120, 121
The English Department offers two first-year writing tracks. Most students will take English 125 during either their first or second semester.
English 125 instructors are encouraged to teach a standard syllabus, where students are asked to complete four major projects. One of the goals of English 125 is to teach writing as a means of critical inquiry, stressing the centrality of writing to intellectual life. In English 125, you will learn how academic arguments are made in response to pre-existing arguments. Because good writing cannot be disassociated from careful reading, you will grapple with a diverse body of interrelated and sometimes difficult readings. Students who earn a grade below C- will be required to re-take the course.
English 120 provides additional practice in the reading and writing of expository prose for students who have placed below EN 125. Once students complete EN 120, with a grade of “D” or higher, they then proceed to EN 121. Students who earn a grade below C- in EN 121 will be required to re-take the course.
While individual classes will differ, First-Year Writing courses have several common aims. They are designed to provide a context in which you can begin to think of writing as the means by which you can learn and examine ideas in relation to those of others. These courses are also designed to prepare you to write for all your classes at John Carroll, offering practice in the rhetorical and stylistic strategies useful in academic writing. These strategies should help you to engage with writing in a wide variety of academic, professional, public, and private contexts.