English First-Year Composition

First-Year Courses and Placement

The composition program at Southern Connecticut State University provides training in college-level writing for all first-year students. We also offer more advanced courses in writing and rhetoric at the 200- and 300-level for students who wish to continue their writing instruction beyond the first year. First-year writing courses include:

  • ENG 110 Fundamentals of Academic Writing - Instruction in multi-stage reading and writing processes in order to comprehend complex texts and write different types of academic essays (3 credits) Pre-requisite: by placement. 

  • ENG 112 Writing Arguments - Development of critical reading and writing skills with a focus on intellectually demanding texts. Emphasis on source-based argument writing (3 credits) Pre-requisite(s): successful completion of ENG 110, placement into 'Path 2' and successful completion of INQ 101, or placement in ENG 112.

Placement in ENG 110 or ENG 112 is based on SAT Verbal scores for first-time college students, and SAT Verbal scores/college coursework for transfer students. 

Questions about the Composition Program

For all questions about first-year writing and composition at SCSU, including transfer credits and course waivers, or over-enrollment requests for ENG 110 or ENG 112, please contact the Composition Coordinator, Brian Johnson

For inquiries about first-year student support and requirements at SCSU, including INQ courses, please contact the Director of the First-Year Experience Program (FYE), Nicole Henderson.

If you're a college instructor with inquiries about part-time teaching opportunities in the Composition Program, please see the English Department Contacts page.