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English 102: Composition and Critical Reading

In ENGL 102, Composition and Critical Reading, students read and analyze a variety of texts written across disciplinary lines as they compose functional, rhetorical, and critical analyses that consider the importance of context. Students also refine their approaches to research as they extend their understandings of all aspects of the writing process.

Students enrolled in ENGL 102 write frequently, producing multiple informal texts and 3–5 formal, polished pieces of academic prose. Individual assignments vary with each instructor, but all ENGL 102 sections can be expected to:

  1. emphasize the writing process, as students draft, revise, and edit academic prose
  2. build on the research strategies and citation skills introduced in ENGL 101 by foregrounding the role research plays in writing
  3. provide students with strategies for moving beyond initial responses to texts, and thereby encourage appropriate structures and approaches for analytical and critical writing in a broader academic context
  4. continue ENGL 101’s emphasis on writing and reading as interconnected and recursive processes that require ongoing engagement among writer, text, and audience

To prepare you further for the kinds of reading and writing you will be asked to complete across and beyond campus, ENGL 102 introduces readings from a variety of disciplines as it provides you with approaches for actively analyzing a variety of genres. In this class, which builds upon the skills and strategies introduced in ENGL 101, you can expect to write rhetorical analyses, visual analyses, critiques, arguments, and informative and evaluative syntheses. In short, much of the writing you do for ENGL 102, as suggested by its name of Composition and Critical Reading, will be in response to a variety of other texts.

In addition to exposing you to readings that cross disciplinary boundaries, ENGL 102 also asks that you compose careful and close analyses of these pieces as you consider the ways in which they are situated by contexts, including the historical, political, and social structures that impact how texts are both created and received. So this class asks you to display deep understandings of how texts function in particular settings for particular purposes, as it invites you to question the rhetorical nature of texts. Such experiences will prepare you to do the kinds of reading upper level courses call for because they ask you to approach analysis as a critical and careful practice.

REMEMBER:  You must pass ENGL 101 and 102 (or 101 and 211) with a C or better in order to satisfy this Core requirement.