First-Year Composition Program
Welcome to the First-Year Composition (FYC) program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
UTEP’s composition program is dedicated to helping students acquire and develop the composing abilities they need to succeed in their academic careers, their future professions, their civic responsibilities, and their lives. In the FYC program at UTEP, we believe that all students in the university are writers.
Our composition courses aim to develop students’ sense of themselves as practicing writers. We view writing as a practice that is ongoing. We believe that students can become stronger, more confident writers when they are aware of their own writing process and their purposes for writing. Students, like all writers, develop through practice. Our composition courses provide students opportunities to compose and revise, draft and re-envision their thinking through a series of shorter assignments and longer projects. Students write alone and in groups; they receive feedback from teachers and peers while learning how to become generous, invested, critical readers of one another’s work. Our teachers, who are writing professionals and often students themselves, participate in ongoing professional development as they hone their understanding of the habits and skills that writers develop.
We offer two writing courses that are typically taken as a sequence, RWS 1301—Rhetoric and Composition I and RWS 1302—Rhetoric and Composition II. These courses are intended to help students develop their rhetorical and writing knowledge and skills within these five knowledge domains: writing process knowledge, subject matter knowledge, rhetorical knowledge, genre knowledge, and discourse community knowledge. Therefore, we teach writing as a complex activity in which students are given guidance and often collaborate. Drawing on the rich scholarship of Rhetoric and Writing Studies,\ we have designed our courses to help students address the challenges of 21st century composing. In these courses, students are empowered to determine the most effective strategies, arrangements, and media to use in different rhetorical contexts.
For questions about First-Year Composition related to placement, curriculum, policies, pedagogy, and resources, contact First-Year Composition Director Dr. Lauren Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.