Composition at UM

The Composition Program seeks to advance the University´s mission to pursue academic excellence in the context of writing instruction. Undergraduate composition courses, as part of general education at the University of Montana, help students become more effective writers and researchers by teaching students flexible strategies for researching and composing texts. These courses privilege a workshop environment where students learn about composition and rhetorical theory by practicing reading, researching, and writing as acts of inquiry. Students often work in small groups to write, read, and problem-solve together. Students create portfolios of their writing throughout the semester because this kind of assessment supports student agency and change–that is, rhetorical agility developed over time in different genres.

In addition to College Writing I (WRIT 101) and College Writing II (WRIT 201), the Composition Program offers composition classes in the computer classroom; occasional special topics courses in Rhetoric and Composition Studies; and Teaching College Composition (WRIT 540), a requirement for first-year composition instructors. This course provides new UM Composition Program teaching assistants with an introduction to theories and practices that surround composition pedagogy. Through this course, teaching assistants learn to teach first–year composition with greater knowledge, authority, and agency. These teaching assistants, along with a few lecturers, comprise the teaching staff for the program, a group of dedicated teachers who recognize the vital role they play in students' writing development.


Do you have questions about the writing requirements at the University of Montana? Please review the Writing Requirement FAQ.