COMP - Composition

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • English Fundamentals is a course designed specifically for the study and for the improvement of basic writing skills and techniques. As such, English Fundamentals allows the student to master a variety of sentence constructions and paragraph types, culminating in the ability to create a multi-paragraph essay. The emphasis is on grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, writing and revising techniques, and proofreading and editing to produce clear, concise, and information-rich sentences and paragraphs.

  • Freshman Composition is intended to enable students to express themselves in essays. They will generate ideas, develop thesis statements, plan paragraphs, organize compositions, and select rhetorical strategies. Essays and a reference paper are required. Readings stimulate language use, critical thinking, and writing techniques.

  • The student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with the instructor. The student must submit a plan acceptable for the instructor and the department chair. To be substituted for the listed humanities requirements, a directed study course must be so designated by the department chair. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • This course focuses on developing the student's ability to write at an advanced level about topics of broad cultural importance. Students will demonstrate assurance and skill in producing written communications on par with published prose. This class will go beyond the mechanics of proper English composition and explore concepts such as originality, honesty of both fact and presentation, clarity, sincerity of emotion, economy of expression, and naturalness of style. This course can be taught from many perspectives.

  • This course is offered for students who have completed six hours in English and Humanities and who seek to improve their skills in technical writing. It is designed to give students a practical familiarity with effective communication skills on the job. Students will be encouraged to use experience and knowledge from their academic majors as sources of subject matter in written assignments.

  • This course is offered for students completing requirements for a bachelor's degree. It will prepare students to handle typical workplace assignments in a competent and professional manner. It will also prepare students to communicate their ideas effectively in writing to persons in and out of their particular professional disciplines.

  • The student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an agreement with the instructor. The student must submit a plan acceptable for the instructor and the department chairperson. To be substituted for the listed humanities requirements, a directed study course must be so designated by the department chair. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.