In First-year Composition, we see writing, visual communication, and speaking as three important aspects of strong communication skills critical to student success at Virginia Tech and beyond.
English 1105 (Introduction to College Composition: Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking), English 1106 (Writing from Research), and English H1204 (Honors English) share a focus on the rhetorical dimensions of writing, speaking, and visual communication, but each is a separate course with distinctive assignments and goals.
English 1105 emphasizes analysis and critical thinking. English 1106 focuses on research methods, writing from sources, and producing longer and more complex compositions. Honors English (H1204) engages students in an advanced level of critical reading, writing, and thinking as well as including a research dimension.
All three of these courses are guided by the recommendations of the Council for Writing Program Administrators, a national association of college and university faculty.