Course Catalog




Composition 1 seeks to identify the structural components, including thesis, supporting evidence, and various rhetorical strategies, for all essays read and written. Students will articulate in a variety of venues how audience expectation shapes purpose in their own writing and in the essays they read. Students will summarize an array of viewpoints they have read on a given topic. Students will synthesize these viewpoints as a means of 'mapping' a field of perspectives. Students will analyze these viewpoints in order to assess how and where their own views and experiences relate to those they've encountered in their reading. Students will engage in rubric-guided peer review. Students will demonstrate through proofreading and editing an awareness of the difference between a working draft and a polished version of an essay. Students will enact a revision of their writing, thereby demonstrating an awareness of the ongoing nature of the writing process.

Required Texts:
McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life (4th Edition)
UNCW Guide to Composition


The goal of English 201 is to facilitate the transition from writing and reading based on personal experience (ENG 101 or 100) to writing and reading for the variety of academic purposes students will encounter at UNCW and beyond. Involved in that transition is the gradual acquisition of the conventions of academic writing, such as inquiry-based research and attaining a balanced, informed voice and a tolerant, intellectual, persuasive stance.

Required texts:
The Aims of Argument, Crusius & Channell (8th ed.)
They Say, I Say
, Graff, Birkenstein, & Durst
UNCW Guide to Composition

intro to creative writing— crw 201

This course will introduce students to three creative writing genres: poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Students will read published works in each genre and be expected to discuss assigned readings. Each student will submit an original work for each genre to be workshopped by the class. Coursework will include weekly readings and responses, creative exercises, quizzes, workshop pieces, critiques of peers' work, and a final portfolio.

Required texts:
Show and Tell (UNCW CRW Pub Lab textbook)

the evolution of creative writing— crw 203

This course is a survey of the development of creative writing over the centuries. Genres covered will include drama, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students will read and analyze work by authors such as Ovid, Shakespeare, Milton, Bronte, Gilman, and Hemingway. Rather than asking the English course question of "What did the author mean by this?", we will ask questions through a creative writing lens: what did the author make this choice? how would this piece be altered written in third person rather than first? why did the author write this character this particular way? in what ways has this genre of writing evolved over time? what techniques and crafts have carried through, and which have been lost—and why? In studying how writing has evolved and progressed throughout history, we will determine what we as writers can use in our own work and how to better read as writers. Students will write two analytical essays and one creative piece to be workshopped by the class.

Required texts:
The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
Boy Erased, Garrard Conley
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan


Students will read published works by contemporary writers, as well as read and discuss the work of their peers in a workshop setting. Over the course of the semester, we will explore the critical elements of successful fiction writing and how we can apply them to our own work. Students will be expected to produce weekly writing exercises and scenes, complete reading quizzes, and finish two full-length pieces of fiction, with a final portfolio serving as the final exam.

Required texts:
The Art and Craft of Fiction, Michael Kardos


A trend in pop culture recently has been the retelling of fairy tales. We’ve seen it in Disney’s nearly century old tale of Snow White, their recent retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” as Queen Elsa in Frozen, and in ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm. In this course, students will read the original versions of several well-known fairy tales, discuss them in their original context, write reading responses, and then compare them to modern-day versions. We will discuss what the evolution of these tales says about the society in which they were/are told.

Fairy tale characters to be familiar with: Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose, Rumplestiltskin, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, The Snow Queen, the Little Match Girl

"There are no new stories. Just new ways to tell them."

Required texts:
Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm
Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson
The Curious Researcher

HEROES AND VILLaiNS—first-year writing

Pop culture’s latest obsession seems to be retelling the villain’s side of the story, altering tales we thought we knew, and providing us with evil protagonists. In this course, we will examine the idea of what it means to be a hero versus a villain in our culture. We will use these ideas to learn how to construct valid arguments, perform research, and examine arguments from both sides.
Heroes/villains in question: Peter Pan, Captain Hook, The Wicked Witch of the West, The Good Witch of the North, Snow White, The Evil Queen, Maleficent, Walter White, Frank Underwood, V, Milton's Satan

“People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us. It's people who claim that they're good, or anyway better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.” 
-Gregory MacGuire, Wicked

“A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”
-Once Upon a Time

Required texts:
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory MacGuire
Peter Pan,
J. M. Barrie
The Curious Researcher

dysfunctional families and self-discovery—third-year writinG

The primary goals of this course are to better your writing abilities and research practices. The books we will read focus on characters who need to discover their identities, and these characters all discover importantances about themselves through their families and pasts. Some of your research will consist of researching your own families: customs, practices, old family stories, secrets, even. You may also use research methods to produce knowledge about your hometown or city. Much of our identities are shaped by the people and places we grew up around. What’s your hometown like? What kind of family do you come from? These are ideas we will explore both through literature and in our own lives. Through the semester, you will be expected to produce 20 pages of polished work. These pages will consist of three major assignments. The goals are to not only produce better writing and research skills, but also to learn new things about our families and ourselves.  

Required texts:
Oral History, Lee Smith
Bloodroot, Amy Greene
A River So Long, Vallie Lynn Watson

Composition 1

This course stresses principles of logic, rhetoric, and analysis that govern effective organization and presentation of ideas. Primary emphasis is on close reading, careful analysis, and argument.  Students are expected to create a limited thesis and develop it appropriately while meeting conventional standards of accuracy in mechanics. Students are required to write three drafts of four essays, with the principal objective being to learn to create an argument.

Required texts:
Forming a Critical Perspective (FCP)
Guide to Freshman Composition at MSU, 5th Edition (Guide)
The Little, Brown Handbook, 3rd MSU Custom Edition (LBH)

Composition 2

This course emphasizes an enhancement of the study and practice of stylistics, logic, argumentation, research methods, and literary analysis. The first half of this course will focus on scholarly research. Students will formulate research questions, utilize and evaluate library resources, extract and synthesize information from sources, and integrate these sources into academic writing. The second half of this course will focus on the study of literature. Students will demonstrate an understanding of authorial purpose and of literary devices of short fiction and poetry through written analysis. Students are expected to utilize accurate and strong grammar and syntax and will be evaluated on this aspect of writing in addition to content.

Required texts:
The Curious Researcher, 7th Edition (CR)
MSU Reader: Selections for EN 1113—Comp II, Custom Edition (MR)
Guide to Freshman Composition at MSU, 4th Edition (Guide)
The Little, Brown Handbook, 4rd MSU Custom Edition (LBH)