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The First-Year Writing Program at EMU

In EMU’s First-year Writing Program (FYWP), we support undergraduate students in becoming more confident, capable college-level writers and researchers for communities in and beyond our university campus. We prioritize equitable education for all students and quality instruction grounded in contemporary writing research and rhetorical concepts.

 

EMU’s award-winning First-year Writing Program was recognized by the Conference on College Composition and Communication with the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence in 2005-2006.

 

EMU's 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 writing and rhetoric, including awareness of genre conventions and strategies, the practice of writing as a process, and the roles of literacy and rhetoric 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.

 

Contact Us

Dr. Rachel Gramer
Director of the First-year Writing Program
Assistant Professor of Written Communication
613M Pray-Harrold
Department of English Language and Literature
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
rgramer@emich.edu

Dr. Logan Bearden
Associate Director of the First-year Writing Program
Assistant Professor of Written Communication
613B Pray-Harrold
Department of English Language and Literature
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
lbearden@emich.edu

 

Assessment

The FYWP 2014-2015 Assessment Report and results from the 2014-2015 Program Evaluation Survey are publicly available online.