"My PhD studies at UD provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I become an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"My internships & editorial work at UD prepared me for a challenging but ever-rewarding career as a reporter."
~ Wallace McKelvey
"My job demands perfection when it comes to grammar, accuracy and objectivity, and it needs to happen fast."
~ Matt O'Donnell
"I found my passion for counseling students and helping them stay on track to attend college."
~ Sara Linton
"I got a great job teaching 9th grade English and film studies and will soon pursue my master's degree."
~ Kelly Emery
"Taking a variety of English courses allowed me to master and teach the modes of discourse to my own students."
~ Danielle Allen
"I secured my job prior to graduation at a UD teacher job fair. "
~ Melissa Paparozzi
"My professors helped me develop a compassionate teaching style and establish professional connections."
~ Staci Edwards
"I attribute much of my success to the English Education program at Delaware."
~ Samantha Draper
English 110 students write thesis-centered (especially persuasive) essays, mainly in response to texts.
Instructors assign a minimum of 7500 words (about 30 pages), at least 5000 words of which is finished formal assignments, including a research-based essay of at least 2000 words. Most instructors assign 4-5 formal essays as well as a mix of informal writing such as reading journals, brief response papers, and in-class writing.
Instructors integrate research skills throughout the course, including on-line research strategies, navigation of the library, evaluation of sources, integration of sources into essays, and responsible scholarly citation and documentation.
Instructors integrate the critical reading of texts throughout the course to facilitate critical thinking and inform student writing. Printed texts may be supplemented where appropriate by electronic texts, visual texts, and video texts.
The course assumes a process approach to writing. Emphasis is on extensive revision in response to critical evaluations from the instructor and peers. Instructors incorporate process teaching methods such as multiple drafts, portfolios, writing groups, individual conferences, group conferences, and peer evaluation.
Instructors address language concerns such as style, tone, diction, grammar, and mechanics according to the needs of the students.
Instructors assess student writing not only for its adherence to conventions of standard language and scholarly discourse, but also for its effectiveness in addressing the expectations of specific audiences for its persuasive power in specific situations.
First-year writing (English 110) supports the academic mission of the University of Delaware by helping students to:
To these ends, English 110 emphasizes:
By the end of English 110 at the University of Delaware, you should achieve the following goals:
Knowledge of Conventions
The Department of English offers over 100 sections of ENGL110 each semester and several sections during the Winter and Summer sessions. Be sure to sign up for the section that is right for you:
So that instructors may provide individual attention to all students, no sections of ENGL110 will be over-enrolled for any reason.
Transfer students seeking to receive ENGL110 credit for courses taken at another college or university should consult our transfer of credit page.
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