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 any of the three course options (ENG 108/109, ENG 112, 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. ENG 108 and 109 incorporate an advanced tutor who works with students in class and holds weekly studio sessions. Students will enroll in English 108 in fall and English 109 in spring. 

Why should I choose ENG 108/109?

Option 2. ENG 112: Freshman Composition (Supported)

ENG 112 is a 3-unit, one-semester course. It incorporates an advanced tutor who works with students in-class and holds weekly studio sessions. ENG 112 is designed for students who are reasonably confident in their college writing skills but who think that having additional time on task and more instructional support will increase their academic success. 

Why should I choose ENG 112?

Option 3. English 110: Freshman Composition (Accelerated)

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. Students enrolled in English 110 will not have access to embedded support from a writing studio tutor. 

Why should I choose ENG 110?

Directed Self-Placement

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. Additionally, all “stretch” sections incorporate a tutor who offers writing support both in-class and in weekly studio sessions. 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 will not only have more time on task, they will have more personal attention from the instructor and tutor. 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 four 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.
  • All sections of Stretch English 108/109 include a writing tutor who assists students during class and holds weekly writing studio sessions and office hours that support students as they complete their writing assignments (English 110 does not incorporate additional writing support). Having an embedded writing tutor means that students receive more personal attention, guidance and assistance.
  • 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. ENG 112: Freshman Composition Supported

Freshman Composition Supported is a 3-credit, single-semester First-Year Composition course. Because students complete English 112 in a single semester, the pace is quicker than in the English 108/109 stretch course. English 112 sections incorporate a writing tutor who offers writing support both in-class and in weekly studio sessions. It is designed for students who are reasonably confident in their college writing skills but who think that having additional time on task and more personal attention from the instructor and tutor will increase their chance of academic success.

Why Choose Freshman Composition Supported?

  • All sections of English 112 include a writing tutor who assists students during class and holds weekly writing studio sessions and office hours that support students as they complete their writing assignments (English 110 does not incorporate additional writing support). Having an embedded writing tutor means that students receive more personal attention, guidance and assistance.
  • The additional tutorial sessions in English 112 provide more opportunities for you to practice, to receive and offer feedback, to revise and re-read, before turning in assignments.

Option 3. English 110: Freshman Composition Accelerated

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 enrolled in English 110 will not have access to embedded support from a writing studio tutor; only those enrolled in English 108/109 and English 112. Even so, if you find you need some additional help, you still have access to a variety of tutoring and other support services offered through the campus’s Toro Learning and Testing Center.

Why Choose Freshman Composition Accelerated?

  • 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.