Why Do Students Have to Take English Courses?
College students frequently ask, "Why do I have to take an English class? I'm not
going to be a writer when I graduate." However, all of us write more than we realize.
The work force has changed, and most jobs require not only computer skills but writing
Overall, becoming a better writer will help you become a better student and will help
you in whatever career you choose to enter. English courses are extremely important
if we consider that our lives are surrounded by writing and communication.
Knowing how to write well, analyze the world around you, and think critically will
help you in school, at work, and in life in general.
What Can You Expect From Completing Your English Courses?
Courses that focus on writing and critical thinking help students in a number of ways.
After taking these classes, students will be able to:
- Express ideas and opinions in written form
- Develop and organize ideas and information
- Understand how writing differs according to the writer’s audience, purpose and genre
- Conduct research and document correctly
- Write more effectively for other college courses
- Comprehend the pleasure and power of writing, language and communication
- Read, understand and enjoy literature
What Types of English Courses Are Offered?
- Composition: These courses teach students how to become better readers, writers, and thinkers.
Students learn how to organize ideas and information, format written work, conduct
research, and cite sources—and improve grammar.
- Composition I students learn how to use the writing process (pre-writing, drafting
and editing) and learn how to write in different genres of writing.
- Composition II students additionally learn how to read and analyze literature.
- Literature: These courses focus on the reading, discussion and analysis of literature, including
poetry, short stories, novels, plays and screenplays. Common literature courses include
American Literature, British Literature and World Literature as well as the forms
- Creative Writing: These courses teach students how to write rather than analyze literature. The common
types of writing that are taught in creative writing courses are poetry, short stories,
novels, plays and screenplays.
- Technical Writing: Through technical writing courses, students learn about professional and business
writing. This writing may include, but is not limited to, letters, memos, emails,
reports, résumés, presentations, flyers, posters and brochures. Some courses focus
on highly technical writing, which may require the use of design software and website
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Updated August 22, 2013