Course Descriptions

Directed Self-Placement

Course Options for First-Year Composition

All courses/course sequences meet the university’s First-Year Composition requirement (General Education Area A1) and all units earned count toward the 120 units needed to graduate. Students select from the following options after they complete the DSP (Directed Self-Placement) survey.

Entering students can select either of the two course options (ENG 108/109 or ENG 110) regardless of their Multiple Measures category if they complete the DSP survey.

Option 1. ENG 108 & 109: Freshman Composition: Stretch 1 and 2

English 108/109 is a 6-unit, two-semester course sequence. We call these “stretch” courses because the expectations and learning goals are stretched over two semesters. Students will enroll in English 108 in fall and English 109 in spring.

Why should I choose ENG 108/109?

Option 2. English 110: Freshman Composition

English 110 is a 3-unit, one-semester course. Because students complete English 110 in a single semester, the pace is quicker than in the English 108/109 stretch courses.

Why should I choose ENG 110?

First-Year Composition Course Descriptions

Option 1: English 108/109: Freshman Composition: Stretch 1 and 2

English 108/109 is CSUDH’s year-long version of First-Year Composition. We call it the “stretch” program because we stretch course expectations and learning goals over a full year rather than a single semester. Stretch is designed for students who believe that having additional time to improve their writing will help them succeed in the class and in future classes that require writing. Students in stretch classes have access to a variety of tutoring and other support services offered through the University Writing Center. Students who complete the stretch course earn 6 units of credit.

Students who choose “stretch” enroll in English 108 in fall and English 109 in spring during their first year at CSUDH. English 108/109 is a year-long course that meets at the same day and time both terms. The course is designed so that students will be in the same cohort, or in other words, will generally have the same classmates in spring as they do in fall.

Why Choose Stretch?

There are at least three benefits to taking Stretch English 108/109 compared to English 110:

  • The stretch program allows more time (two semesters, instead of just one) to improve your writing and prepare you for future classes that require writing. Because of this extra time, there are more opportunities to practice, to receive and offer feedback, to revise and re-read, before turning in assignments.
  • Being part of a cohorted class over two terms will foster collaborative relationships and a strong sense of community.
  • Your section of 108/109 will have the same meeting days and times in Fall and Spring, so arranging your schedule is easier.

Option 2. English 110: Freshman Composition

English 110 is a single semester version of First-Year Composition. Because students complete English 110 in a single semester, the pace is quicker than in the English 108/109 stretch course. Students in Freshman Composition have access to a variety of tutoring and other support services offered through the University Writing Center.

Why Choose Freshman Composition?

  • English 110 is a good choice if you are confident about your reading and writing ability and don’t think the extra time offered by the year long stretch course is necessary or beneficial.
  • In our experience teaching these courses, we find that some students actually need a faster pace to be challenged and motivated.