English 105 at Carolina is a writing-across-the-disciplines course. Its function is to familiarize incoming students with the conventions of writing in different academic and professional disciplines to help them become more versatile writers. Because this is a writing course, students will learn to analyze rhetorical and stylistic conventions that govern professional and academic writing in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In doing so, they will hopefully become more aware of how audience expectations and context influence their writing and give it shape and direction.


Like the image above, from Proust’s notebook, students will learn to discern and create meaning in a variety of contexts, by taking a genre that may at first seem strange, even backwards, and making it their own.

Students enrolled in English 105 will learn to:

  • use conventions, genres, and rhetoric practiced in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities
  • conduct research using a variety of academic databases and sources
  • understand how to use research as evidence in discipline-specific compositions
  • compose using written, oral, and multi-media modes
  • Learn reading, reviewing, and revision strategies to improve your own work and assist others in their writing.