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"You don't write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say." - F. Scott FitgeraldWelcome to Freshman Composition at UAB!

Our first year composition courses are designed to promote your success as a writer both inside and outside of the classroom.

Our small, hands-on classrooms immerse you in processes of writing and provide you with an important set of tools and strategies for writing in academic, professional, and public contexts. You will learn how to analyze a variety of different print and visual texts, explore interesting academic research questions, use sources effectively and ethically, use rhetorical strategies to persuade others, and write in a variety of different genres and mediums.

Rather than a lecture or “drills and skills” class, each of our courses promotes your development as a writer by actively engaging you in writing and revising your work. You will receive consistent feedback on your work from the instructor and your peers that provides important guidance for revision. You will also develop a portfolio of your work throughout the semester that gives you the opportunity to revise your work and reflect upon your progress.

Our Course Goals

The design of each of our courses is informed by scholarly research on writing from composition studies and rhetoric. Our program’s goals or outcomes follow those outlined by the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Please visit their site for more information.

Ultimately, a central goal of our writing program is to treat each student not simply as a student but as a writer. As writing teachers, we want our students, whatever their major or discipline, to see themselves as confident, effective, and adaptable writers.


If you questions regarding Freshmen Composition, please contact Lilian Mina, Director of Freshman English, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..