Welcome to First Year Composition!
First Year Composition Mission Statement
Our goal is to help students develop and refine the writing, reading, critical thinking and research skills necessary to excel in upper-level university courses and beyond. Our first year composition courses offer space and time for students to practice rhetorical moves and make connections between early writing experiences and the academic writing culture of the university. Our curriculum reflects and supports the diversity of the University of Washington Bothell community by incorporating a broad range of perspectives as we teach students to communicate their ideas and demonstrate intellectual engagement. It is our aim that students leave their first-year composition courses empowered with the abilities, knowledge and habits to contribute meaningfully in the exchange of ideas and expertise, both in their college careers and as engaged members of their local and global communities.
In order to receive the composition graduation credit, students should select either BWRIT 134, which lasts one quarter and earns 5 credits, or BWRIT 132-133, which stretches the same material over two quarters, for a total of 10 credits. Unsure of which to take? Start with the Directed Self-Placement by clicking here.
BWRIT 134 Composition (5) C
Offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research. May not be taken for credit if previously earned a minimum grade of 2.0 in BWRIT 134. Offered: AWSpS.
BWRIT 132 Composition Stretch I (5) W
Extends B WRIT 134 over two quarters. Provides an extended experience at working with reading and writing. Must complete both B WRIT 132 and B WRIT 133 for composition graduation credit. Offered: AW
BWRIT 133 Composition Stretch II (5) C
Extends B WRIT 134 over two quarters. Provides an extended experience at working with reading and writing. Must complete both B WRIT 132 and B WRIT 133 for composition graduation credit. Prerequisite: B WRIT 132. Offered: WSp.
The Composition program also offers the following courses. BWRIT 135 is required for entrance to most majors. BWRIT 137 is a 2-credit course that students can sign up for to support and accompany any writing-intensive course from across campus.
BWRIT 135 (5) C
Strengthens performance of college-level argumentative writing and scholarly research, critical reading and thinking, and the critique and the creation of print and new media texts. Prerequisite: either B WRIT 133, B WRIT 134, or equivalent. Offered: AWSpS.
BWRIT 137 Writing Studio (2, max. 6)
Develops strategies for improving academic writing. Focuses on interpreting assignments, developing rhetorical awareness, applying self-assessment, and improving revision. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
During the quarter, B WRIT 137 students can expect to do the following:
- identify strengths and challenges in writing
- give and receive productive feedback on writing
- revise and develop writing
- work with peers on writing
Questions about Composition, or choosing a course?
Contact Alice Pedersen, Director of Composition, firstname.lastname@example.org