Welcome to First-Year Composition & Rhetoric at HSU!

We have designed the First-Year Composition and Rhetoric Program to help you explore your knowledge and practices as a learner, writer, and critical thinker. In our courses, you will examine how writing works in and across different communities, explore your developing identity as a writer, and enter into ongoing important conversations. 

We offer different course pathways to help you satisfy your Written Communication general education requirement. At Humboldt State University, we think it’s important that you decide yourself which of our two options for first-year composition is the right choice for you.     Read more. . . .

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Selecting Your English Course

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At Humboldt State University, we think it’s important that you decide yourself which of our two options for first-year composition is the right choice for you.  For more information about our course options and about Directed Self-Placement, click here.

Celebration of Student Writing

Celebation of Student Writing

Each year during the spring semester, we celebrate first-year student writing as part of the HSU Library’s Idea Fest.  For more information about how to get involved, click here.

Rhet & Comp Program Outcomes

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First-Year Composition and Rhetoric courses at Humboldt State teach you to use inquiry, critical thinking, and collaboration to write about and understand how meaning is made in the world.  In our courses, we study the subject and practice of writing, build confidence as writers and learners, and understand that writing requires lifelong practice.  For a full description of our Course Outcomes, click here.