About First Year Writing
No matter how confident they may feel in their writing, we encourage all students to take first-year writing on campus to improve their writing abilities and prepare them to write effectively in future classes.
By taking Writing 150, students will learn to:
- Use rhetoric responsibly to compose arguments in a variety of genres for specific audiences and purposes.
- Critically read texts. This includes:
- analyzing how a text functions in a specific situation, community, or public;
- analyzing the nuances of language (diction, figures of speech, tone, etc.);
- identifying and evaluating the elements of an argument—claims, reasons, assumptions, and ethical, emotional, and logical appeals.
- Write coherent and unified texts (effective introductions, clear thesis, supporting details, transitions, and strong conclusions) using a flexible and effective writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.
- Use style—diction, figurative language, tone, grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics—genre, conventions, and document design correctly and for rhetorical effect.
- Navigate the library to locate primary and secondary sources, evaluate the appropriateness and credibility of those sources, and effectively incorporate and accurately document outside sources in a research paper.
BYU also offers a course for international students that fulfills the first-year writing requirement. Contact the Department of Linguistics and English Language for more details.