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First-Year Composition

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Our First-Year Composition Program joins award-winning faculty with program innovation and technology integration.

We celebrate student writing through our Showcase of Student Writing, through Y1Writes, our in-house publication of student essays, and through a series of essay contests.

Our program is also a leader in assessment: we were inaugural members of Inter/National Coalition For Electronic Portfolio Research, and have developed custom in-house assessment strategies and practices.

First-year composition is normally a two semester process, with most students taking ENGL 103 during the fall semester of their first year, and ENGL 203 during the spring semester of their first year. Advanced students may place into ENGL 204, which is a combined one-semester composition course. In addition, students admitted into the CHANCE program take a customized version of the first semester composition course and work closely with tutors in the Writers' Workshop

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Northern Illinois University
Department of English
Reavis Hall, Room 215
DeKalb, IL 60115

815-753-0611
815-753-0606 (Fax)