First Year Composition Online

“Ideas, like ghosts […] must be spoken to a little before they will explain themselves” (162)1

If we are to believe Dickens and ideas come out of constant interrogation and conversation, then writing becomes a way to engage with out ideas and the ideas of others. New ideas and new takes on old ideas result in the relationship between a speaker or writer and the world. In this class, we will learn the tools and processes that help us to become better writers so that we may speak with the ideas that interest us.

Rhetoric 105: Writing and Research offers instruction in research-based writing and the construction of academic, argumentative essays that use primary and secondary sources as evidence. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Composition I. Credit is not given for both RHET 105 and any of these other Comp I courses: RHET 101, RHET 102, CMN 111 or CMN 112. Prerequisite: an ACT English score between 20-33 or an SAT EBRW score between 520-700. Credit: 4 credit hours. IAI: This course may fulfill the C1 901R requirement under the Illinois Articulation Initiative transfer guidelines.  You must receive a C or better in the course in order to receive IAI credit.2

1 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son, Modern Library, 2003.
2 This course was designed for RHET 105 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.