WRI 120 College Composition I 4cr

Writing forms the means of liberal inquiry in any discipline. Students in this course develop their thinking through a variety of expository prose. They work toward improved clarity and organization by writing multiple drafts of their essays and by participating in peer reviews. Students practice locating, integrating, and citing primary or secondary source material into their writing, and they learn to edit their own writing, checking for correct usage, mechanics, spelling, and punctuation. Although sections of College Composition I are organized thematically, improved writing remains the goal of every course as students become familiar with the process needed to produce clear and organized expository prose.
Triad: College Composition I

First-year students immediately engage the Academic requirements of the Triad by enrolling in WRI 120: College Composition I (CCI), a course which sets the foundations for the written expression and argument that will continue through their college careers. Each CCI course is organized around a theme; the essays of each course develop around this theme.

Students must enroll in WRI 120/CCI in their first year. Half of first year students take this course in the fall, and half take it in the spring.

Below you will find a list of WRI 120: CCI courses offered this semester along with a description of each course. Use this information, along with meeting time, to select courses that interest you and fit your schedule.

CCI Courses & Descriptions: SPRING 2015
Section Title Day/Time Instructor
S01 Who Built America? Working-Class People, Culture, and Identity MWF1 9:30-10:50 am
Maia Surdam
S02 Beyond the Pocket Protector: Nerds and Culture in America TTHF2 9:30-10:50 am
Margee Husemann
SO3 Who Built America? Working-Class People, Culture, and Identity MWF1 11:00 am- 12:20 pm Maia Surdam
S04 Let the Right One In: Examining Rites of Passage, Apprenticeship, and Mono-Myth MWF1 1:00-2:20 pm Nathan Poole
S05 Terror in Translation: International Perspectives on Fear TTHF2 1:00-2:20 pm J. Alexandra McGhee
S06 Introduction to Writing about Literature and Culture MWF1 2:30-3:50 pm pm David Bradshaw
S07 Terror in Translation: International Perspectives on Fear TTHF2 2:30-3:50 pm J. Alexandra McGhee

Last updated: 10.25.2010

Note: Every attempt is made to offer an up-to-date account of current course themes in advance of registration. However, instructors and themes may change, in which case you will be notified.

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Transfer Credit:
Transfer students may, upon approval of the Registrar and the Director of Undergraduate Writing, fulfill the College Composition I requirement through appropriate performance in an acceptable composition course taken at the previously attended institution. Students seeking such credit should make a transfer credit request at the Office of the Registrar, 2nd Floor, Laursen Hall (, CPO 6354, 828.771.2086).

AP Credit:
An AP score will not automatically exempt you from the CCI requirement. Follow the process below to see if you are eligible for a Portfolio Review.

AP Credit Eligibility:

1. Did you take the Advanced Placement Test in English Language and Composition (that's AP Lang/Comp not the AP Lit/Comp)? Or did you take the Higher-Level IB exam in English?If yes, continue...

2. Did you score a 4 or a 5 of the AP Lang & Comp? Or did you score a 5 or higher on the Higher Level English IB exam? If yes, continue...

3. You are eligible to submit a portfolio to apply for CCI credit with AP or IB.