ENG 101


Course Description

Taken as a whole, the English 101 and 102 sequence aims to introduce students to the strategies, tools and resources necessary to becoming successful communicators in a range of academic, professional, and public settings. Four assumptions are fundamental to this work:

  • writing is a form of social interaction. Thus, successful writers must not only consider their audiences and the contexts in which they write, but the personal, social and political implications of writing (or not writing) more generally;
  • the organization of modern society requires that people inhabit and move among several discourse communities every day. Because each discourse community has its own rules and assumptions (often unstated) about what can be said, by whom, when, and how, becoming an effective communicator means learning to recognize, analyze, and negotiate the differing expectations of these communities;
  • writing and thinking are intimately connected activities. Becoming a successful communicator means not only learning how to think carefully through writing, but to reflect critically about writing, both one’s own and the work of others. Thus, honest self-reflection and a thorough understanding of what it means to truly revise are essential aspects of learning to write effectively;
  • genres are types of writing that have emerged over time to address recurring situations. Each genre has particular features, conventions and structures for organizing and presenting information. Being an effective writer requires not only learning how to analyze one’s rhetorical situation and use such conventional forms strategically, but evaluating the costs and benefits of violating such conventions, and when desired, how to go about doing so.

Learning Outcomes

The Composition Program at Southern Miss has identified specific learning outcomes for each of its first-year writing courses. At the completion of ENG 101, students will be able to:

  • See that writing is a form of social interaction
  • Analyze rhetorical situations and make effective choices based on audience and context
  • Responsibly synthesize material from a variety of sources
  • Make claims and support them with appropriate evidence
  • Use writing to critically explore, explain, evaluate, and reflect on their experiences and on those of others
  • Understand and effectively use a range of genres/forms
  • Use conventions of expression appropriate to situation and audience
  • Effectively revise and provide substantive feedback to others on their writing
  • Articulate a revision strategy based on an understanding of their own writing processes
  • Recognize the importance of technology in research, writing, and other forms of social interaction