English 199w

Introduction to University Writing


  • Thursday 2:30pm – 5:20pm / EDB 9651

Office Hours:

  • Thursday 1pm – 1:50pm / AQ 6089A


This courses introduces you to basic university writing: genre, style, and grammar. We’ll study rhetorical appealsfigures of speech, and both rational and fallacious reasoning.

We’ll read a variety of texts, most of them academic in nature, all of them argumentative. You’ll learn to respond to those texts in the form of a rhetorical essay: an argument in essay form that uses logic and evidence.

Combining all of these elements will teach you how to take part in scholarly discussions, both understanding them and responding to them.

English 199w is neither a remedial course nor is it appropriate for ESL students who are seeking an English credit; the course assumes basic skills at the sentence level and some experience with writing argumentative essays. This course is writing intensive, so students should schedule time for writing on a regular and on-going basis.



Four essays: one 600 words, two 750 words, one 1250 words. There is also a series of ungraded, in-class grammar quizzes. There is no final exam.



There is no textbook. All readings are available online or as handouts.