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In the Composition Program, we teach writing as a process of:

  • critical thinking
  • reading carefully, talking about ideas, identifying questions, and answering those questions
  • understanding and engaging one’s audience
  • building an ethical argument
  • listening to people who disagree with you and addressing their ideas.
  • judging others’ ideas fairly and according to the quality of reasons offered in their support
  • organizing ideas, offering support and earning conclusions

These processes that begin in WR 121, 122 and 123 apply to the varieties of writing across college classrooms and to different genres of writing beyond the university.