English Composition Pathway

English Composition Pathway Information 

There are several different courses you can take at UC Davis to fulfill the lower-division English Composition requirement. This page describes them so you can make an informed decision. 

What course can you take?

There are several courses that students in the English Composition Pathway can take and you will choose one of them to start. These courses are offered by the University Writing Program (UWP), English (ENL), Native American Studies (NAS), and Comparative Literature (COM). 

NOTE: Before choosing an English Composition course, it’s important to consult with your advisor. Some majors will only allow a specific English Composition course to satisfy the lower-division writing requirement.

A chart with information about the different course options in the English Composition Pathway, including UWP 1 & 1Y, ENL 3, NAS 5, and COM 1-4.

What will you learn?

Courses in the English Composition pathway are meant to prepare you for rigorous college-level reading and writing tasks and increase your confidence to succeed as an academic writer and critical thinker. 

In English Composition courses, you will…

  • read challenging texts from a variety of genres
  • practice substantial revision based on feedback from peers and the instructor
  • write for a variety of audiences across genres
  • develop awareness of disciplinary differences in conventions of style, citation, organization, etc.
  • evaluate sources for academic arguments
  • use texts to support your own arguments and analysis

How will you learn?

An example assignment from an English Composition course is the academic research article from UWP 1. In the academic research article assignment, students choose a topic related to college reading and writing and investigate that topic using extensive research. Students come up with research questions to explore the topic, conduct primary research (interviews or surveys) and secondary research (finding academic research articles on their topic by searching library databases), and report on the results of their research in an academic article of 1,500-2,000 words. 

In order to complete this assignment, students need to…

  • develop their own research questions
  • conduct their own primary research through an interview or survey 
  • conduct their own secondary research using library databases to find academic articles
  • integrate these primary and secondary sources to support their own analyses and arguments 
  • organize their findings in an extended research article with multiple sections (introduction, research methods, results, discussion, conclusion)