The Composition Program is devoted to the students of Defiance College. As composition instructors, we are concerned on the most fundamental level with the full development of analytical thinking and writing.
Most first-year Defiance College students take CO 125 (Composition I) in the spring semester and CO 225 (Composition II) during the fall of their sophomore year. Some students take EN 109 (Writing Workshop) first to give them extra practice with academic reading and writing. All the courses are sequenced for skill development and Composition II also includes a research skills component. See the Philosophy page to get a fuller sense of the principles that help us help students.
The Composition Program publishes an online web magazine, The PaperWad, where the best student writing is published in the spring.
The August Workshop each year brings the program's professors, Director of Student Academic Support Services, Director of Pilgrim Library, Instructional Librarian, and Composition Coordinator together to develop learning strategies for the incoming first-year class.
Alex Hauser at the computer and Dorothy Singer enjoying her presentation during the 2014 workshop