University Writing Program
The University Writing Program (UWP) coordinates the English courses NAU students need to take in order to satisfy the requirement for Foundation composition. Most NAU students will take English 105, with advanced students taking English 205. Both courses emphasize four foundational areas of composition: rhetorical knowledge; critical thinking, reading, and composing; writing processes; and conventions, and are taught by a group of dedicated composition instructors and graduate teaching assistants.
English 105 Accordion Closed
Course Goals: English 105, a four-credit-hour course, introduces students to critical reading and writing in the academic environment. Throughout the semester students practice the following academic skills:
- Critical reading skills through close attention to text content & skills needed to interpret the text effectively
- Analytical writing skills through attention to the writing process and to rhetorical techniques
- Critical reading and analytical writing skills through an extended writing project
- Technological literacy skills to rhetorically analyze online resources based on the audience addressed, the purpose explored, and the language used
English 107 Accordion Closed
ENG 107 is an individualized course providing instruction for improving proficiency in writing. This course is taken concurrently with ENG 105 in order to provide supplemental instruction. Special emphasis is placed on aspects of the composing process indicated by individual needs. By the end of the semester, students should be able to demonstrate competency in writing in the university context.
Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be able to:
- Effectively use fundamental writing principles
- Organize ideas in paragraphs and essays
- Connect paragraphs through transition techniques
- Gain competency in grammatical construction and sentence variety
- Complete 105-level English coursework
English 205 Accordion Closed
Course Goals: English 205 is a two-credit-hour course that focuses on writing principles necessary for systematic inquiry into the forms and techniques of academic writing standards. Students practice the following:
- Advanced analytical thinking, reading, and writing skills
- Advanced critical writing and argumentation skills
- Advanced research skills
We also have a computer lab available, with open hours for all ENG 105 students, to increase technological literacy skills.
English composition placement information
To determine the composition course in which you should enroll, please visit the academic catalog placement page.
Writing Program Office hours
Liberal Arts (building 18), room 303
8 AM—5 PM