Online English Composition

ENG 101 - English Composition

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This introductory composition course will help you develop and express ideas effectively for a variety of personal and professional purposes, audiences, and occasions. During the course, you will complete five major written projects, maintain a writer’s journal, learn and apply a variety of concepts in the field of rhetoric and composition, and create an ePortfolio where you will showcase your work and your evolving identity as a writer

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Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Knowledge of basic Excel functionality will be very helpful in setting you up for success in this course.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Oct. 12, 2021

Jan. 11, 2022

Mar. 15, 2022

Jun. 7, 2022

  • Credits:  3
  • Length:  Self-paced or 8 weeks
  • Cost:  $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Rhetorical Knowledge: how to craft your writing to meet the needs of specific audiences for specific purposes.
  • Critical Thinking: how to make decisions about what to include and not include in your writing.
  • Writing Processes: how to use invention, research, drafting, revising, and editing in your writing.
  • Knowledge of Conventions: how to use various formats and stylistic choices, including genre conventions.
  • Digital Technology: how to use diverse technologies to write more effectively and efficiently.
  • Habits of Mind: how to benefit from and cultivate curiosity, openness, engagement, creativity, persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and reflection.

What to expect in class

Video lectures, readings, writing activities and projects, ePortfolio, discussions, and quizzes.

Exams and grading


Writer's Journals (20)


Participation Assignments (9)


Writing Projects (5)




Content Mastery (7)


Quizzes (7)


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This is a 3 credit hour course at Arizona State University (ENG 101 First-Year Composition). It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring the credit.

Faculty and course staff




College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Arizona State University

Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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