Undergraduate Major
Undergraduate Minors
Honors in English
Freshman Composition
Creative Writing


Freshman composition


EH 101 and 102 are committed to preparing students to write effectively in diverse situations. Because academic writing should reflect students' best thinking and should promote learning, EH 101 and 102 help students by enhancing thinking skills as well as the ability to put ideas into words.


Goal 1: EH 101 and 102 should prepare students, first and foremost, for the academic writing they will do at USA and, second, for the writing they will do in their careers and personal lives.

Goal 2: To achieve Goal 1, EH 101 and 102 should train students in rhetoric.

Goal 3: EH 101 and 102 should focus students' attention on the writing process as well as the written product.


The English Composition Program consists of the two Freshman English classes, EH 101 and EH 102, which are offered every semester, and are required of all USA students. These Composition courses are also prerequisites for all subsequent English courses. The courses are taught by full-time professors as well as staff and graduate assistants. Some students with certain ACT scores may be exempt from taking EH 101. To find more about exemption and scores as well as to see the CLEP requirements for being exempt from EH 102 see the Bulletin. For further information about the English Composition Program, please contact Dr. Larry Beason, head of the English Composition Program.


The Graduate Teaching Assistants are usually assigned one or two English 101 classes to teach per semester. To find out more about Teaching Assistantships, see the Graduate Studies page.

The USA Writing Center offers free one-on-one consulting to all USA students wishing to improve their writing.


January 2014 - Composition Chronicle (.pdf


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