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English 1020

The goal of English 1020 is to reinforce and further develop the academic writing and reading practices—inquiry, critical analysis, synthesis, argumentation, research, and documentation—that students encounter in English 1010.

Students investigate the ways argument functions in society, with particular emphasis placed on the functions of argument in academic writing. Students analyze others' arguments and compose arguments of their own, culminating in a substantial researched argument.

Learning Outcomes

Students should develop and demonstrate the abilities to do the following:

A) Identify and explain the rhetorical strategies in a variety of texts.

B) Integrate their own ideas with those of others by accurately quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing.

C) Analyze and synthesize appropriate primary and secondary sources for persuasive purposes.

D) Plan, compose, and revise a properly documented and effectively researched argument essay.

E) Locate, evaluate, organize, and use research material collected from electronic sources, including scholarly library databases; other official databases (e.g., federal government databases); and informal electronic networks and internet sources.

F) Control features such as sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and appropriate documentation (MLA).


All students enrolled in English 1020 must have completed ENGL 1010 with a minimum grade of "C", or equivalent.

Required Texts

Kirszner, Laurie and Stephen Mandell. Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology. Second Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. (ISBN-13: 9781457622373 / ISBN-10: 1457622378)

Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers. Seventh Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's,          2012. (ISBN-13: 9780312677350 / ISBN-10: 0312677359)


Students may be exempted from English 1020 under the following conditions:

  • acceptable transfer credit of an equivalent college course;
  • a score of 4 or 5 on either the Advanced Placement Language and Composition examination or the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition examination;
  • a score deemed a "Pass" on the CLEP College Composition Modular examination.

First-Year Writing

English 1010

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