Students proficient in English composition will demonstrate the ability to
- employ strategies of pre-writing, drafting, and revising, taking into consideration rhetorical purpose, the knowledge and needs of different audiences, and the feedback of instructors and peers;
- engage in substantial revision of drafts, as distinguished from editing and proofreading;
- (read critically, summarize, apply, analyze, and synthesize information and concepts in written and visual sources as the basis for developing their own ideas and claims;
- engage in inquiry-driven research, making use of appropriate data repositories and indexes, and properly attributing and citing the language and ideas of others to avoid plagiarism;
- develop a focused thesis and link it to appropriate reasons and adequate evidence;
- use genre conventions and structure (e.g., introductions, paragraphing, transitions) in ways that serve the development and communication of information and ideas;
- edit such that choices in style, grammar, spelling, and punctuation contribute to the clear communication of information and ideas.