ENGL 111 O: Composition: Literature

Meeting Time: 
Barbara Simons

Syllabus Description:

English 111 O Composition and Literature:  The Odyssey of a College Education


In this course, we will read literature about the challenges that young people face in getting a college education. We will read about the years before college to better appreciate why some students get to college, and others don’t. Then, we will read about what happens once students get into college: Who succeeds and who drops out?  Why?  And, after college, what do people do with a college education in today’s world? On the other hand, what about those students who don’t go to college?  What are they doing with their lives?

The main text for this Course is the inspiring biography, A Hope in the Unseen.  In this story, we will follow an inner city youth in Washington, D.C. who struggles against poverty, violence, and poor education to achieve an Ivy League education.  In addition to this text, we will read scholarly essays to enrich our understanding about central questions we ask in the Course. 

As a writing intensive course, you will write about everything we read in this Course. You will learn to do research on the academic databases that scholars use. Your research and writing will give you the opportunity to tell your own stories about your journeys to the world of college.  And you will gain the skills of writing as scholars who know how to engage in serious conversations about issues that matter to all of us. 


Required Texts:

Available at University Bookstore: 


 A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind

Contexts for Inquiry: A Guide to Research and Writing at the University of Washington edited by Amanda Hobmeier, et.al


Catalog Description: 
Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays, and plays. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
March 15, 2016 - 3:30pm