First-Year Composition Program
Since Harvard first required writing classes for incoming college students in the late 19th century, the majority of American colleges and universities ask their student to take required writing classes early in their academic career. Although research shows introductory college writing classes cannot provide everything a student will need to be a strong writer, these courses strive to teach students knowledge and practices of writing that will help them succeed in the writing they do in the future, not only in courses but also in other contexts.
At the University of North Georgia, students enroll in English 1101 and English 1102, collectively known as First-Year Composition (FYC). The knowledge and practices of writing FYC courses strive to teach are taken from the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition:
- Rhetorical Knowledge
- Critical Thinking, Reading, and Composing
- Knowledge of Conventions
The English Department teaches and the Director of First-Year Composition oversees FYC; these two courses form A1 of the core curriculum. Students are required to complete both English 1101 and English 1102 with a grade of C or better in order to fulfill the core curriculum requirement. Students should direct questions regarding AP, CLEP, or transfer credit for these courses to their advisor or the Office of the Registrar.