Composition Program

English 1010 and English 2010

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The USU Composition Program emphasizes that writing is a social act, which recognizes and values the differences in language, people, and ideas. We believe that students enter the writing classroom with prior knowledge and lived experiences, and our courses are designed to build on students’ expertise, questions, and insights. In English 1010 and 2010, students learn how to write and research for multiple contexts, audiences, and purposes, preparing them for future academic, professional, and community contexts. Students participate in writing classes that are collaborative, supportive, and small by design. These courses also fulfill the Communications Literacy 1 and 2 (CL1 and CL2) General Education requirements. After English 2010, students go on to complete degrees in diverse majors and continue writing as a means of engaging in community.

Real World Application 

These courses teach students to successfully write for the college classes, professional situations, and community contexts where reading, writing, thinking, and oral communication are important. We emphasize that writing is an effective way of learning by focusing on critical thinking, research, and revision (English 1010 and English 2010 Outcomes). Students compose dynamic documents geared toward communicating messages for specific purposes and audiences, both within the classroom and beyond the university.

Get Involved 

USU Honors Program

Participate in discussion-oriented classes and reading groups while taking advantage of other Honors-specific benefits.

Writing Center

The Utah State University Writing Centers provide a positive and inclusive environment for university and community writers to improve their communication skills.

Writing Fellows

Polish your academic writing alongside a tutor with one-on-one sessions, or apply to become a writing fellow yourself.

Instructor Spotlight 

  • R. Elle Smith

    R. Elle Smith is the English department's Graduate Instructor of the Year. She received her Bachelor's in creative writing at Utah Valley University and her Master's in English
    with an emphasis in Culture and Composition at Utah State in 2022. Elle served as the Graduate Assistant Director of Composition in the 2021-22 academic year. In this position, she helped create the composition curriculum for the first-year graduate students. Her contributions included writing instructor notes for the incoming instructors as well as leading several discussions during the week- long orientation before the semester began. Currently, Elle is researching how to apply translingualism in the composition classroom at Utah State University.

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