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The First-Year Writing Program at EMU

The First-Year Writing Program (FYWP) provides curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the following courses, open to all undergraduates at Eastern Michigan University.

  • WRTG 120: Composition I - Writing the College Experience, a credit-bearing elective course that counts toward graduation, introduces key concepts of college-level literacy including awareness of genre conventions and strategies, the notion of writing as a process, and the role of literacy in shaping the identities of writers as students, citizens, and individuals.
  • WRTG 121: Composition II - Researching the Public Experience, fulfills the Effective Communication requirement in EMU's General Education curriculum and focuses on the expectations for college-level research through attention to a range of research methods and genres of writing, with emphasis on the role of inquiry, audience awareness, and revision in the processes of writing and learning at the college level.

Curriculum and pedagogy for all course offerings in the FYWP grow out of program-wide learning outcomes that guide the work of instructors and students in developing and documenting the knowledge, abilities, and attitudes that support college-level writing and research. Click here to view the FYWP outcomes. Additionally, the 2014-2015 Assessment Report and results from the 2014-2015 Program Evaluation Survey are available online.

Contact Us

All inquiries about the First-year Writing Program should be directed to the program's director and associate director.

Dr. Derek Mueller
Director of the First-year Writing Program
Associate Professor of Written Communication
613M Pray-Harrold
Department of English Language and Literature
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-487-0971
Email: derek.mueller@emich.edu
Dr. Rachel Gramer
Associate Director of the First-year Writing Program
Assistant Professor of Written Communication
613D Pray-Harrold
Department of English Language and Literature
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Email: rgramer@emich.edu