Objectives for English 110 Writing: Argument and Inquiry

English 110 Writing: Argument and Inquiry is a requirement for all students, and it is one of the courses that compose the First Year Foundations in Elon’s Core Curriculum. Since it provides a foundation for writing students are expected to do in and beyond college, students take it in either the fall or spring semester of their first year.

English 110 prepares students to develop as writers through extensive practice in process strategies, argumentation, and research methods. Students learn and apply rhetorical strategies to write effectively in print and electronic environments for a variety of audiences, and will learn to think, read, and write critically about significant issues in multiple contexts. English 110 is taught with writing as content, not as a writing-intensive literature course or as a course that uses writing simply to learn some other content. The majority of the writing is argumentative and/or persuasive. Although there are no departmentalized syllabi for the multiple sections of English 110, each class shares common objectives and all students gain common experiences.


All sections of English 110 aim to develop the following:

  • A more sophisticated writing process–including invention, peer responding, revising, and editing–that results in a clear, effective, well-edited public piece.
  • A more sophisticated understanding of the relationship of purpose, audience, and voice, and an awareness that writing expectations and conventions vary within the academy and in professional and public discourse.
  • An appreciation for the capacity of writing to change oneself and the world.
  • Strategies to work collaboratively in an intellectual community.

All sections of Writing: Argument and Inquiry provide the following experiences:

  • Writing to persuade by analyzing, interpreting, researching, synthesizing, and evaluating a wide variety of sources
  • Writing to academic audiences, writing to non-academic audiences, and writing for one’s own purposes
  • Opportunities for multimodal presentation of their work/writing (e.g., in-class presentations, web publications, videos)