Part of the Writing and Rhetoric Program, the first-year writing sequence teaches rhetorical concepts, skills, and strategies to help students communicate effectively both in and beyond the academy. Our first-year courses follow outcome guidelines adopted by the National Council of Writing Program Administrators. Click here for a complete list of national outcomes.
ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 fulfill half the Core Curriculum Gordon Rule writing requirement. To earn credit for these courses, students must earn a C or better. For students needing introductory writing instruction before embarking on the first-year sequence, ENC 1930 provides foundational instruction while introducing the expectations of university-level writing.
ENC 1101, the first of FIU's two-course writing sequence, introduces students to the writing, reading, and critical thinking skills required for college writing. Course materials and writing projects introduce rhetorical concepts and invite students to consider themselves as writers inside and outside the classroom. Students will read and analyze professional nonfiction texts to understand how experienced writers develop and present ideas through writing. They will complete four major writing projects for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Three of these projects (800-1,800 words in length) will be written in a multi-draft writing process, while a fourth project will offer students practice in timed writing contexts.
ENC 1102 expands upon the writing and rhetorical skills learned in ENC 1101 by placing additional emphasis on argument and researched writing. Through a deeper focus on research, writers will hone their abilities to locate, evaluate, and document sources, and to incorporate them smoothly and responsibly into their own writing. Students will learn about primary and secondary research, employing the research methods that best fit their chosen rhetorical purpose and audience. The course reviews rhetorical concepts covered in ENC 1101 to ensure that students leave first-year writing with a rhetorical understanding and vocabulary that will assist them in other writing contexts. It then takes students through an extended research process.
Through structured invention activities, students generate ideas for their final project early in the term.
Course work consists of four major projects (1,000-2,000 words in length).
ENC 1930 introduces the expectations of university-level writing. Students complete four writing projects in multiple genres and for a variety of purposes and audiences. Instruction emphasizes critical reading and provides a context for the writing process that focuses on grammar/mechanics, sentence structure, and paragraph development. At least three writing projects will engage the complete writing process, from invention through composing multiple drafts. Writing projects are approximately 1,000 words. This course does not fulfill core curriculum requirements, and is used as a precursor to ENC 1101.