Most Wittenberg students take English 101 in their first or second semester (and the course must be completed by the first term of the sophomore year). The course is designed to introduce students to basic forms and conventions of college writing, to provide the opportunity for frequent practice in writing and revising, and to help students explore various stages of the writing process from planning to proofreading.
Though the focus of each section of English 101 will be dependent upon the professor teaching it, there are some general expectations for the course. In 101, students should learn to:
Produce mature, coherent, persuasive prose
- Make connections between analytical reading and analytical writing
- Develop ideas thoroughly
- Use rhetorical strategies appropriate to subject and audience
- Focus a thesis and support it with well-selected detail
- Structure an essay by means of well-developed and coherent paragraphs
- Observe the conventions of written prose
- Use the library and other research sources appropriately
- Assess the relevance and validity of sources
- Use sources ethically and understand the concept of academic integrity
All of these abilities will serve students well as they move forward with their writing, both in other Wittenberg courses and in the world beyond.
Students must complete English 101 with a minimum grade of C-. Students who receive a D or lower in English 101 will need to repeat the course.
Wittenberg also offers English 100, "Introduction to Expository Writing and the Culture of the United States for Non-native Speakers of English." This course is designed to prepare students for English 101 and for college life at an American university. For more information about this course, please contact the English Department: (937) 327- 7057.