HONS 110: Honors Academic Writing is a four-credit, accelerated introduction to the writing, analytical and research skills necessary for composing college-level texts that address issues of academic and social importance in a number of genres. Remember that…
- All Honors College students are required to complete HONS 110 Honors Academic Writing during their first year in the Honors College.
- The course is offered in both the fall and spring semesters.
- This course fulfills the College’s General Education First Year Writing requirement.
- Students may not receive credit for both HONS 110 and ENGL 110.
- All HONS 110 courses cover similar content, but faculty typically focus on a specific theme for their individual course.
HONS 110-01/02/03 Honors Academic Writing: Communication and Context
Instructor: Elizabeth Baker
Section 01: MWF 10:00 – 10:50 a.m., fourth hour asynchronous
Section 02: MWF 11:00 – 11:50 a.m., fourth hour asynchronous
Section 03: MWF 12:00 – 12:50 p.m., fourth hour asynchronous
The term academic writing refers to genres and styles of communication that vary depending on context (including specific academic disciplines). Since all communication (written and otherwise) is contextual, understanding context enables us to analyze and evaluate rhetorical choices. In turn, we can become more adept at making effective choices as we consider what specific writing situations are asking of us. The course uses a variety of texts and assignments that reflect an understanding of writing as a process and a tool for inquiry, critical thinking, and analysis.
HONS 110-04 Honors Academic Writing: Using Language to Explore and Solve Problems
Instructor: Emily Lee
Section 04: MWF 11:00 – 11:50 a.m., fourth hour asynchronous
Honors 110 is a course about writing — specifically, the analytical and process skills that will help you write effectively in a variety of situations. This course asks you to think about writing as a process, a series of conscious choices used to craft an appropriate response to the variety of tasks and situations you’ll encounter as a writer. We will use scholarly texts about writing and language, as well as student writing examples, to help you develop as a writer. Together, we will come to understand how writing involves invention, critical thinking, drafting, revising, researching, synthesizing, and working with new media.
The assignments that you produce will be in a variety of genres and styles that respond to a variety of audiences, problems, and purposes. During the first part of the semester, you will be objectively and formally reporting about a problem in the Charleston community, but for the assignment that follows, you will be critically analyzing language practices to complicate the notion of “standardized language.” Moving into the latter part of the semester, you will be rhetorically analyzing discourse to see how rhetoric works to enable change, which will then be followed by your own construction of discourse to produce change.
This is all to say: while we will spend some class time discussing community, racial, equity, and other social issues, your writing will be the focus of this course. During nearly every class period, you should expect to spend time engaging with writing questions, drafting and revising projects, and/or participating in peer review activities.
HONS 110-05/06 Honors Academic Writing: Acts of Attention: Writing, Rhetoric, and the Attention Economy
Instructor: McKayla Watkins
Section 05: TR 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., fourth hour asynchronous
Section 06: TR 3:05 – 4:20 p.m., fourth hour asynchronous
To what—and to whom—do you pay attention, and what insight does this give you into who you are and how you experience the world around you? How does the attention economy influence the quality and direction of our attention? Can writing help us attend to our daily lives in a deeper way? In this course, students will use a combination of reflective and analytical writing to explore the concept of attention across analog, digital, and blended contexts; examine the relationship between attention and rhetoric; and consider the ways in which attention shapes our personal and collective identities and well-being. Over the course of the semester, students will read a variety of scholarly texts to scaffold their learning; participate in class activities and discussion groups; and engage with writing as a process that involves invention, critical thinking, drafting, peer response, revising, researching, and synthesizing in order to create a final portfolio of their work.
HONS 110-07 Honors Academic Writing: Analytical and Drafting Skills
Instructor: Susan Farrell
Section 07: TR 1:40 – 2:55 p.m., fourth hour asynchronous
Honors 110 is a course about writing, specifically the analytical and drafting skills that will help you write effectively in a variety of situations. This course asks you to think about writing as a series of conscious choices you make in response to these situations. We will use scholarly texts about literacy and language as well as student and peer writing samples to help you develop as a writer. The course treats writing as a process that involves invention, critical thinking, drafting, revising, researching, synthesizing, and working with new media. The course’s writing projects will challenge you to read like a writer, to explore literacy and language practices, and to conduct research in this area. Your own writing will be central to the work of the course.
*Please note that Spring 2024 course offerings are tentative, and are subject to change