Course Descriptions and Outcomes

EN 101 Course Description

Introduction to rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills needed to participate successfully in the University of Alabama discourse community. Intended for native speakers of English. Grades are reported as A, B, C, or NC (No Credit). A grade of C- or higher is required as a prerequisite for advancing to another English course at The University of Alabama. Offered each semester and in summer school. EN 101 does not apply as credit to the English major or minor.

EN 101 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; by participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; by applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, you will treat the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and basic citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer.

EN 120 Course Description

Introduction to rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills needed to participate successfully in the University of Alabama discourse community. Intended and required for international students who are non-native speakers of English. Exempted for transfer students who have earned a “C” or better grade in a face-to-face, university-level composition course at the 101 level (ESL courses do not qualify). International students who have graduated from a U.S. high school have the option to take either this course or EN 101. Grades are reported as A, B, C, or NC (No Credit). A grade of C- or higher is required as a prerequisite for advancing to another English course at The University of Alabama. Offered each semester.

Prerequisites:  ELC 110 and ELC 111 with a minimum grade of C-;
or ELI 116 and ELI 126 with a minimum grade of C-;
or iBT TOEFL minimum sub-scores of 18 on both the Speaking section and the Writing section;
or IELTS minimum sub-scores of 6.0 on both the Speaking section and the Writing section;
or DET minimum score of 61;
or PTE minimum score of 54 with a Writing minimum sub-score of 51 OR a Speaking minimum sub-score of 51.

EN 120 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; by participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; by applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, treat the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and basic citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer.

EN 102 Course Description

Continuation of students’ practice in rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills. The course also emphasizes university-level research and source usage techniques. Intended for native speakers of English. Grades are reported as A, B, C, or NC (No Credit). A grade of C- or higher is required as a prerequisite for advancing to another English course at The University of Alabama. Offered each semester and in summer school. EN 102 does not apply as credit to the English major or minor. Prerequisite(s): EN 101.

EN 102 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose, as begun in EN 101.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation, as begun in EN 101.
  • Locate assignment-appropriate sources in the library and online.
  • Synthesize ethically summarized, paraphrased, and quoted source material into academic arguments.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, treating the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process, as begun in EN 101.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed, as begun in EN 101.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer, as begun in EN 101.

EN 121 Course Description

Continuation of students’ practice in rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills. The course also emphasizes university-level research and source usage techniques. Intended and required for international students who are non-native speakers of English. Exempted for transfer students who have earned a “C” or better grade in a face-to-face, university-level composition course at the 102 level (ESL courses do not qualify). International students who have graduated from a U.S. high school have the option to take either this course or EN 102. Grades are reported as A, B, C, or NC (No Credit). A grade of C- or higher is required as a prerequisite for advancing to another English course at The University of Alabama. Offered each semester. Prerequisite(s): EN 120.

EN 121 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose, as begun in EN 120.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation, as begun in EN 120.
  • Locate assignment-appropriate sources in the library and online.
  • Synthesize ethically summarized, paraphrased, and quoted source material into academic arguments.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, treating the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process, as begun in EN 120.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed, as begun in EN 120.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer, as begun in EN 120.

EN 103 Course Description

This is an accelerated freshman composition course that is open to students with minimum scores of 28 ACT Composite or 1350 SAT, or minimum ACT English scores of 30 or SAT verbal scores of 730. With the appropriate qualifying scores and the completion of EN 103 with a grade of C- or higher, placement credit is awarded for EN 101 and the general education requirement for freshman composition is completed. Covers rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, reflection skills, as well as university-level research and source usage techniques. Course themes are determined by each instructor. Grades are reported as A, B, C, or NC (No Credit). A grade of C- is required as a prerequisite for advancing to another English course at The University of Alabama. EN 103 does not apply as credit to the English major or minor.

EN 103 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation.
  • Locate assignment-appropriate sources in the library and online.
  • Synthesize ethically summarized, paraphrased, and quoted source material into academic arguments.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, treating the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer.

EN 104 Course Description

For students in the Blount Scholars Program. Covers rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, reflection skills, as well as university-level research and source usage techniques. Grades are reported as “A,” “B,” “C,” or “NC” (“No Credit”). This course substitutes for either EN 103 Advanced Composition or EN 101 Freshman Composition I. Students who qualify for EN 103 (see EN 103 description above) are awarded an additional 3 hours of composition placement credit with a grade of “pass” upon successful completion of EN 104. Other students receive the same credit if they earn a grade of “A-” or higher. Students who earn a grade lower than “A-” are required to take three additional hours of freshman composition, generally EN 102. Students who have credit for EN 101 and EN 102 either from another institution or through AP or IB placement do not take EN 104. EN 104 does not apply as credit to the English major or minor.

EN 104 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation.
  • Locate assignment-appropriate sources in the library and online.
  • Synthesize ethically summarized, paraphrased, and quoted source material into academic arguments.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, treating the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer.