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ENG120 Critical Writing
Semester to be determined

Credits: 4


ENG 120 is a composition course that emphasizes analytical reading of and writing about non-fiction documents, essays and articles.  Strategies for constructing well-developed, coherent essays will be incorporated so that students can develop a clear and logical understanding of the principles of composition. 

Approach to Teaching & Learning: This class is organized around student discussion through discussion board, including responses to weekly readings and journals which reflect those readings. Students will write three formal essays, which will be developed from the journals and will include outside sources from the Pace Library databases. Students will create an e-portfolio, where their final persuasive essay and a revised journal will be uploaded as an example of their best work. We will also consider grammar, diction, and the importance of sentence structure.

Pace University Writing Center Statement (for online classes)

The Pace University Writing Center offers one-on-one appointment-based sessions (in person or online) to writers free of charge.  Students can bring writing from all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process, from outlines to completed drafts, as well as non-academic/personal works.  Please note that consultants will not edit any work.  Rather, they will help students learn how to improve as writers.  For more information about locations, hours of operation, or to make an appointment, please visit and select your campus to proceed to site for the appropriate Center.  For questions about the Pleasantville Writing Center, please call 914-773-3942, and 212-346-1085 for the New York City Writing Center.



Course Evaluations: In order to improve our Dyson College courses, we need your feedback. At the end of the term, you will be asked to fill out an online evaluation about your experience in this course.  Dyson is “going green,” so it is now a paperless process.  But we need your help to make this eco-friendly solution a success. You will receive an email directing you to the Digital Measures course evaluation site where you will find your Dyson courses, including this one, listed.  Your feedback is very important and your response will remain confidential.  If you have any questions about the online evaluations, please contact Rich Miller at  Thank you for your participation.



Goals and Objectives

At the end of the course, students should know how to:

  • Distinguish an over-arching theme and controlling idea;
  • Develop an awareness of a text’s intended message;
  • Identify key thematic terms, claims, and examples;
  • Identify literary terms in a fiction work that relates to the themes of non-fiction articles;
  • Draw on general information and on insights from other texts, essays, and from class discussions;
  • Structure an argumentative essay with a controlling idea, effective organization, supportive evidence and consideration of opposing viewpoints and evidence;
  • Develop an awareness of the audience for a writing assignment and of the genres and forms of writing;
  • Make connections among several texts in terms of content and implications;
  • Cite and explain textual evidence;
  • Revise to clarify and develop ideas; understand writing as a series of tasks that need multiple drafts and feedback from others;
  • Revise for the purpose of public presentation, acknowledging the conventions of expository prose (thesis or argument, unified paragraphs, transitional sentences and phrases, credible uses of supporting evidence);
  • Edit to insure proper grammar, language usage, and mechanics;
  • Locate and evaluate a variety of secondary sources, using research tools such as on-line library catalogues, electronic library databases, and Internet search engines;
  • Integrate primary and secondary sources with own ideas;
  • Document sources appropriately according to MLA format.

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