The UNCG College Writing Program

MHRAWelcome to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's College Writing Program. UNCG's College Writing Program helps prepare students to think critically and communicate effectively, so that they can successfully engage in a variety of academic and professional conversations during their time at UNCG and after graduation. Serving most of the university’s students through three core classes, the College Writing Program at UNCG teaches writing through an awareness of rhetoric so that students can craft their arguments with a specific audience, situation, and purpose in mind. Through an emphasis on close reading and critical analysis, we also help students recognize the rhetorical elements in others' arguments, so that they are better equipped to make their own decisions in a world full of persuasion. Our small class size allows us to give detailed feedback on multiple drafts of student writing, dialog with students individually through at least one set of conferences every semester, and develop a personal rapport with students. Our goal is to help students become scholars and citizens who are ready to engage in their communities and around the globe.

Courses Offered by the UNCG College Writing Program

For course times and places, please see theĀ University online schedule.

ENG 101 (FMS 115/RCO101): College Writing I
A course in academic writing, focusing on analysis, argument, and critical reflection using the tenets of rhetoric. This course includes instruction in drafting, revising, and compilation of a final portfolio. ENG 101 (or its equivalent) is required for all UNCG students. A special section of ENG 101 (ENG 101N) is offered to students for whom English is a non-native language. Additional information is available in our Guidelines for Composition as well as our FAQ.

Sample Syllabus for ENG 101 (.pdf)

Sample Syllabus for ENG 101N (.pdf)

ENG 102 (FMS 116): College Writing II
A course in research-based writing, focused on analysis, argument, and critical reflection using the tenets of rhetoric. ENG 102 includes instruction in research methodologies as relevant to college writing projects.

Sample Syllabus for ENG 102 (.pdf)

Sample Syllabus for ENG 102-themed (.pdf)

ENG 103: Essentials of Professional and Business Writing
This course focuses on written skills needed for workplace success. ENG 103 emphasizes process strategies for clear, concise, and accurate messages. Students develop skills in producing professional documents, analyzing the writing of others, and collaborating on written assignments.

Sample Syllabus for ENG 103 (.pdf)

Guidelines for College Writing 101

ENG 101 is a course in academic writing, focusing on analysis, argument, and critical reflection using the tenets of rhetoric. This course includes instruction in drafting, revising, and compilation of a final portfolio. The major assignments for College Writing I will be composed of formal, argument-based essays. Students write 20-24 pages (which includes a 4-6 page critical rationale) of polished (revised) prose, completed across three to four formal assignments, each of which engages with outside sources (primary and/or secondary). All of these assignments focus on developing argumentative and/or analytical discourse using the principles of rhetoric and employ peer review as part of the drafting and revising process.

Students should also expect a variety of assigned readings which will discuss important rhetorical concepts and/or allow for students to practice their rhetorical analysis skills.

Students will also complete in-class or other assignments that may not be formally evaluated. These may include: prewriting, brainstorming, journaling, participation in asynchronous discussion threads, or other writing completed individually or in small groups, in class, out of class, or online (e.g., on Canvas).

The Portfolio: The culminating assignment for the course is a portfolio of the student’s work, worth 30-40% of the final grade. The portfolio includes an argument-based, 4-6 page rationale essay which analyzes the student’s writing processes and learning in relation to the student learning outcomes of English 101. In addition, it articulates, for the portfolio reader(s), the reasoning behind the choices made/selections included that demonstrate both processes of learning and polished writing. In this portfolio, students further revise the formal essays and make choices about the informal writing included. The portfolio also contains a demonstration of the student’s writing processes for one or more formal essays as decided by the instructor: the assignment, activities, peer comments, drafts, and revisions as well as any other material the instructor requires. This demonstration provides the proof of the student’s specific writing practices as referred to in the rationale. The rationale essay is included in the 20-24 pages of polished prose required for the course.

Portfolio Grading Rubric for ENG 101 (.pdf)

Credit Received: English 101 satisfies 3 of the 6 hours of the Reasoning and Discourse (GRD) requirement at UNCG, which asserts that students “gain skills in intellectual discourse, including constructing cogent arguments, locating, synthesizing and analyzing documents, and writing and speaking clearly, coherently, and effectively.” (

In addition, English 101 is designed to address Learning Goal #1 (LG1) in the UNCG General Education Program. This is the ability to “think critically, communicate effectively, and develop appropriate fundamental skills in quantitative and information literacies.” (

The following are English 101 Student Learning Outcomes (SLO), each of which corresponds to both the GRD goals and to LG1:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the content and structure of complex texts (written, oral, and/or visual in nature);
  2. Compose cogent, evidence-based, argumentative texts;
  3. Identify and employ the rhetorical triangle, the canons, and the appeals in both formal and informal discourse;
  4. Summarize, quote, paraphrase, and synthesize source material in support of an argument;
  5. Employ drafting, peer review, and revision techniques in order to improve content, style, and structure of their own writing;
  6. Appraise their own composing abilities and composing processes through critical reflection.
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