ENGL391: Advanced Composition

English 391 satisfies the Professional Writing requirement for undergraduates at the University of Maryland, College Park. This course is appropriate for a broad range of majors. Students learn to distinguish between types of arguments–definitions, claims of fact and cause, evaluative critiques and proposals–and to accommodate their ideas to various audiences. English 391 emphasizes rhetorical analysis and the preparation of persuasive evidence through careful research.

Assignments include a series of linked papers on a topic within a student's professional/academic expertise. English 391 also teaches students how to edit their own work as well as that of their peers. Core assignments include a topic prospectus, definition argument, causal argument and proposal assignment. Other assignments may include an evaluative paper, personal statement/career package, and oral presentation.

Prerequisites:
English 101 or equivalent and a minimum of 60 credits.

How students are assessed:
Students complete five to six major writing assignments encompassing approximately 6500 words, in addition to in-class exercises, readings, peer review workshops, group work, and oral presentations. Each major assignment is evaluated according to a set of criteria provided to students with the assignments sheets. Students are responsible for the information provided on the course syllabus, as well as on ELMS or other class websites, and for any material provided in a course packet or on handouts distributed in class. Readings may come from an assigned textbook and from other relevant, timely sources. Students are responsible for the readings, which form the basis of class discussion; students may also be required to write responses to reading assignments.no

English 391 Syllabus

English 391H Syllabus