Course Information

ENGL 10600, First-Year Composition
ENGL 10600 is the standard 4-credit hour composition course for students at Purdue. Students in the course produce between 7,500-11,500 words of polished writing (or 15,000-22,000 total words, including drafts) or the equivalent. Some of this text production will be done using multimedia, and some of it may be composed in short assignments. Writing topics will be closely tied to the course’s theme or approach, and may include personal experiences as well as research-based arguments. Students may also be asked to write on topics that are related to their major fields of study. It is common practice in ENGL 10600 to conduct different types of research to create a final project that culminates the expertise students have gained over the semester. So, instructors may use planning assignments in order to help students discover and explore a topic, angle, or audience. It is also common practice to spend some time in exploration of topics and rhetorical contexts, and in the production, interpretation, and analysis of multimedia environments. Students will also spend time reading and discussing writing of their own, their peers, and professionals. Instructors may accomplish this through in-class review sessions or in weekly or bi-weekly conferences. Additionally, instructors may select outside readings related to the theme of the class or readings that are similar in purpose to the writing they expect students to do.

ENGL 10600-E##, First-Year Composition, Polytechnic Integrated Experience
In cooperation with Purdue Polytechnic, we offer sections of 106 which are paired with COMM 114 and TECH 120. These sections offer a unique experience customized for the needs of Polytechnic students, with special attention to issues relevant for high-technology industries, digital media, and their collaborative environments.

ENGL 10600-I##, First-Year Composition, International Sections
Some sections of ENGL 10600 are offered for non-native speakers of English only; these courses are designated in the section numbers: ENGL 10600-I## where the “I” indicates “International” and ## indicates the rest of the section number. Sections of ENGL 10600 which have an “I” in the section number (ENGL 10600-I##, First-Year Composition-INT) are reserved for speakers of English as a second language. These sections of first-year composition fulfill the same requirements and are similar to other sections of ENGL 10600 in aim, content, and structure. These sections differ in that the curricula are designed for and the instructors are prepared to meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of second-language writers. For more information about any of the English courses for non-native speakers, please contact Harris Bras, Coordinator of ESL Composition by email ( Note: ENGL 62000 and ENGL 62100, also ESL courses, are for graduate students only.

ENGL 10600-R##, First-Year Composition: Learning Community
Some sections of ENGL 10600 are offered as part of a Learning Community; these courses are designated with an R in the section numbers: ENGL 10600-R##. All ENGL 10600 instructors use the same goals, means, and outcomes when teaching a Learning Community course. The only difference is the added LC experience. For more information on the Learning Communities, please visit their website ENGL 10600-E##, First-Year Composition: Technology Students only In the fall of 2015, fifteen sections of ENGL 10600 are being paired with sections of TECH 12000 and are offered for students in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

ENGL 10800, Accelerated First-Year Composition
ENGL 10800 is an accelerated composition course that, like ENGL 10600, satisfies the Written Communication and Information Literacy requirements on the university core. As in ENGL 10600, students should expect to produce approximately 7,500-11,500 words of polished writing (or 15,000-22,000 words, including drafts). Some of this text production may be done using multimedia, and some of it may be composed in short assignments.

The course emphasizes a rigorous approach with high expectations on students’ abilities to work quickly and independently. Because it meets two or three times a week, without the regular instructor-student conferencing sessions of ENGL 10600, student success in English 10800 requires (a) more self-efficacy and self-regulation; (b) strong writing skills and/or prior writing experiences, and/or (c) the focused content provided by learning communities.

There are three versions of ENGL 10800:

  • ENGL 10800, Accelerated First-Year Composition: The standard version of ENGL 10800. Some sections are taught by English faculty.
  • ENGL 10800-S##, Accelerated First-Year Composition: Engaging in Public Discourse: In the sections of ENGL 10800 tagged with an “S,” students work with public writing and community service and can expect to engage in some local community activities outside the classroom. This is an excellent course for students interested in pre-med, nursing, health care, social services, political science, or any career that involves service to others.
  • ENGL 10800-R##, Accelerated First-Year Composition: Learning Community: ENGL 10800 sections tagged with an “R” are used by select Learning Communities where a 4-credit hour course would be difficult to schedule and where content is tightly focused, facilitating acceleration. All ENGL 10800 instructors follow the same outcomes when teaching a Learning Community course. The only difference is the added LC experience. For more information on the Learning Communities, please visit their website

All versions of ENGL 10800 are acceptable for students who have transferred ENGL 10100 to Purdue and who still need to complete a composition requirement for their program or core.

ENGL 30400, Advanced Composition
Prerequisite: completion of the first-year composition requirement. ENGL 30400 is a composition course that is not to be used as a first-year course, but for students who have some college writing experience and are looking for an advanced course. It focuses on non-fictional, non-narrative composition. The course includes readings and class discussions of rhetorical theories, principles, and models. Students can expect to learn about writing conventions in their own disciplines through reading and writing assignments that require analysis and research. Students can also expect to gain extensive practice in stylistic and content revision. Prerequisite: ENGL 10600, 10800, or ENGL 10100 and a course that includes instruction in research-based writing and documentation.