Welcome to First-Year Composition at UW Bothell
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.
First-Year Writing Administration
Dr. Kris Kellejian, First-Year Director of Composition
Composition Steering Committee:
First Year Composition Faculty
Dr. Rebecca A. Brown
Dr. Jason Morse
Ian Porter (ABD)
Louise Spiegler, MFA, MA
Current Course Offerings:
B WRIT 132 Interdisciplinary Writing Stretch I (5)
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.
B WRIT 133 Interdisciplinary Writing Stretch II (5)
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.
B WRIT 134 Interdisciplinary Writing (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 ENGL 131. Offered: AWSpS.
B WRIT 135 Research Writing (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 CUSP 134, B WRIT 134, or ENGL 131. Offered: AWSpS.
B WRIT 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.