English 102

English 102

In English 102: Composition and Literature you will learn how reading literature and writing about it matters in our lives and in the world around us. In English 101, you learned about audience and effective writing choices. In English 102, you will continue to develop your skills as a reader and a writer. You will learn how to appreciate the beauty and power of literature and how to communicate the powerful lessons we learn from literature so we can engage the world around us. You will learn that there is more than one way to read a text, and we'll practice those skills together so that we can create new meanings.

Our professors ask students to try out many different kinds of reading and writing. Different sections of English 102 have different themes—we love to teach what we love to our students! Students in English 102a might compose essays, memes, podcasts, videos, websites, creative writing…and all kinds of other texts!


Course Description:

An introduction to literature and composition, emphasizing the interpretative skills and processes necessary to read complex and imaginative texts creatively, critically, and rhetorically so students can write responses to—and interventions in—the world around them.

Course Goal:

Building on the processes they developed in English 101, students will create meaning through deliberate and imaginative reading practices. Students use literature as an analytical framework to better understand the world around them, even as they see how it requires them to create written communication that engages and shapes that world. Students will also use literature to further develop deep connections with people across space and time, allowing them to read with intention and write with purpose.

Student Learning Outcomes:

"Students will be able to…"

  1. Develop a flexible set of reading practices so they can analyze and interpret complex literary and non-literary texts.
  2. Examine the cultural and social contexts of both the texts they read and the worlds students inhabit to explore how these considerations affect meaning-making.
  3. Ask questions and implement research-based inquiry to create arguments about literary and non-literary texts, so they can enter critical conversations about both the texts and the world.
  4. Select sources that are representative of the conversations they seek to enter and explain how those sources are considered reliable and effective by their intended audiences.
  5. Write projects that demonstrate how finding meaning in literature can create opportunities to engage in focused ways with personal, cultural, and social questions.
  6. Compose effective texts using the processes and skills developed in English 101, but with greater attention to effective choices for audience, language, cohesion, development of ideas/arguments, and style.
  7. Articulate how literacies contribute to their learning so they can read and write more effectively across contexts.