Every PNC graduate must take at least one semester of college-level composition during their first year; many programs, from Elementary Education to Business, require at least two. Many students, both English majors and non-majors, go on to take advanced composition courses. You will find information below on these courses and the Composition program at PNC.
PNC adheres to the WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition.
English Composition Syllabus Downloads and Links
Hybrid Course Statement
Hybrid Courses show as two-days-a-week on the schedule and will meet one day a week in TECH 308: Students attend 50%, once-a-week in campus classroom; and 50% online. Students must have high-speed computer access and Microsoft Word experience.
Placement in First-Year Composition
Purdue North Central reviews each student’s academic background to determine if PNC Assessment testing is necessary. Students may always choose to take specific tests if they are unsure of their ability and students that graduated in the lower half of their high school class, or have a GED will be required to take the Placement Tests.
First-Year Composition Courses
- English Composition Enhanced (ENGL 10100 Enhanced)
This English 10100 Enhanced meets for four (4) hours per week: two hours of lecture and two hours of recitation. Students must register for the lecture and recitation. It is an enhanced version of the first semester of the first-year composition sequence. This course is intended to help students write clear and effective prose for their work at the University and beyond. It includes the study of the writing process, matters of grammar, structure, and style, and entails extensive practice in the writing and revising of expository essays. Students must earn at least a C to qualify for enrollment in English 10200. Please contact your advisor to enroll.
- English Composition I (ENGL 10100)
English 10100 is the average entry-level first-year writing course. Students in this course study and practice writing as process while learning the conventions of the college essay. They spend some time learning to do library research and writing a short, research-based paper. It meets three hours per week and provides three hours credit.
- English Composition II (ENGL 10200)
English 10200 follows English 10100 in most programs. Admission is dependent on satisfactory completion of English 10100 or an equivalent course at another institution. This course focuses on critical reading and thinking, argumentation, and research. Students who earned an A in English 10100 may substitute another English course for English 10200, if their program permits. English 10200 meets three hours per week and gives three hours credit.NOTE: Some divisions of English 10100 and 10200 are taught on computers in the Composition Computer Lab. These divisions are indicated in the schedule by a capital C. Computer divisions have no admission requirements beyond those stated for regular ENGL 10100 and ENGL 10200 classes. Students enrolling in computer divisions are expected to devote extra time outside of class time on mastering word processing skills.
Advanced Composition Courses
The Composition program run by PNC’s Department of English also offers advanced, specialized writing courses.
- Advanced Composition (ENGL 30400)
Designed for students who wish additional training in composition beyond the basic requirements. Extensive practice in the writing of mature expository, critical, and argumentative prose.
- Composition for English Teachers (ENGL 39100)
Intensive practice in writing exposition and in annotating high school students’ compositions. This course involves equal amounts of theory and practice in developing writing assignments, responding to student writing, supporting students as they write, and classroom strategies for teaching composition.
- Business Writing (ENGL 42000)
Workplace writing in networked environments for management contents. Emphasizes organizational context, project planning, document management, ethics, research, team writing. Typical genres include management memos, reports, letters, e-mail, resumes (print and online), oral presentations.
- Technical Writing (ENGL 42100)
Workplace writing in networked environments for technical contexts. Emphasizes context and user analysis, data analysis/display, project planning, document management, usability, ethics, research, team writing. Typical genres include technical reports, memos, documentation, websites.
- Theories of Rhetoric & Composition (ENGL 47000)
A general introduction to the field of rhetoric and composition. The course provides an overview of studies in written discourse, including studies of the processes and contexts of written discourse as well as methods of research in the field.
- Internship in Professional Writing (ENGL 48800)
This course provides on-the-job experience in various kinds of professional writing, combined with a seminar in applied rhetoric. Students work in selected internship settings, participate in seminar discussions of their work, and read selections appropriate to their internship.
- Directed Writing (ENGL 58900)
Writing creative, popular, technical, biographical, historical, philosophical subjects of the student’s choice. Individual conferences only; no class meetings.
- Introduction to Composition Theory (ENGL 59100)
A survey of major contemporary theories of invention and style, including such topics as heuristics; the aims and modes of discourse; stylistics; readability theories; sentence-combining; error analysis; audience; and evaluation. Applications to teaching will be made.