WRIT 1103 – Writing in College

WRIT 1103 - Writing in College

Course Description

This course introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing.

Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effectiveness of style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities include exposition, argumentation, and at least one research essay.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of English 1103, you will have an understanding of the steps necessary to

  1. mindfully read and comment on texts
  2. produce writing that presents and supports a thesis
  3. review and revise your own work and that of peers
  4. identify and correct mechanical errors as part of the revision process
  5. avoid plagiarism through appropriate integration and documentation of sources

Course Materials

Textbook: They Say / I Say
Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Chicago. W. W. Norton & Company. Fourth Edition. 2017
ISBN: 978-0-393-63167-8
Textbook: The Little Seagull Handbook, Third Edition
ISBN: 978-0-393-60263-0
Syllabus (PDF)

Dates: May 26 – Jul 1, 2025

Department: English

Course:  WRIT 1103

Credit Hours:  4

In most instances, this 4-credit course will transfer to fulfill either a 4-credit or 3-credit requirement at another institution. Please check with your home institution to see if this course fulfills your requirements.





Tuition & Fees:

$1,500 tuition
Textbooks and other course materials can be purchased separately from the source of your choosing.

Your Instructor

Chris Gaumer

Christopher GaumerAssistant Director of the Randolph College Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing
M.F.A. Hamline University

Christopher Gaumer is the winner of the Vermont Poetry Society 2019 poetry contest, and his fiction is anthologized in Best Microfiction 2019.
Chris’s writing appears in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, The Citron Review, Mountain Troubador, Souvenir, Iodine Poetry Journal and elsewhere.

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