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
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,
C) Analyze and synthesize appropriate primary and secondary sources for persuasive
D) Plan, compose, and revise a properly documented and effectively researched argument
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.
Kirszner, Laurie and Stephen Mandell. Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology. Second Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. (ISBN-13: 9781457622373 / ISBN-10:
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.