College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

First-Year Composition Course Suggestions (BA)

BA General Education Requirement: 6 Hours

The new composition sequence is WRIT 100 or WRIT 101 or HON 101 in the fall semester, and WRIT 102 or LIBA 102  or HON 102 in the spring semester. Students must pass either WRIT 100 or WRIT 101 before attempting 102.  WRIT 100 and WRIT 101 fulfill the same requirement for first-semester writing. Students may take either 100 or 101, but not both.  Both 100 and 101 teach the same learning outcomes: learning a writing process, engaging in exploration and argumentation, writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, conducting research, and producing writing free of serious grammatical errors.  These courses usually include three written essays, an in-class writing assignment, and a multimodal project, collected in an ePortfolio.  Although students in 100 write one less essay than students in 101, the main difference between 100 and 101 is class size: WRIT 100 is limited to 15 students who have more one-on-one conferencing with their teacher.  WRIT 102 teaches the same outcomes as 100/101, but with an emphasis on research and information literacy. The readings in these courses are now themed: students can choose from Writing about Business, Writing about Sustainability, Writing about Food, and Writing about Pop Culture.


First Semester

WRIT 100. Introduction to College Writing. Prepares students to write in college by focusing on writing as a process for a variety of contexts and audiences. Develops information literacy, awareness of conventions, skills of inquiry, exploration, and argumentation. Includes frequent conferencing with instructors and multimodal writing presented in ePortfolios. Students may not receive credit for both WRIT 100 and WRIT 101. (3)

WRIT 101. First-Year Writing I. Prepares students to write in college by focusing on writing as a process for a variety of contexts and audiences. Develops information literacy, awareness of conventions, skills of inquiry, exploration, and argumentation. Includes multimodal writing presented in ePortfolios. Students may not receive credit for both WRIT 100 and WRIT 101. (3)


Second Semester

WRIT 102. First-Year Writing II. Writing processes, skills of inquiry, exploration, and argumentation, with special emphasis on research, information literacy, and writing for a variety of contexts and audiences. Includes multimodal writing presented in ePortfolios. Prerequisite: Writ 100 or Writ 101 or HON 101. (3)

LIBA 102:  First-Year Seminar. Students build on the formats and expectations of college readers established in WRIT 100 or 101, expanding writing processes, skills of inquiry, exploration, and argumentation. Special emphasis on research, information literacy, and writing for a variety of contexts and audiences. Includes multimodal writing in ePortfolios. Taught in seminar format and organized around one disciplinary research theme. For detailed course descriptions, please visit the Department for Writing and Rhetoric. Prerequisite: WRIT 100 or WRIT 101 or HON 101.