CO 150 - College Composition (GT-CO2)

  • 3 credits

CO 150 is CSU’s all-university requirement in writing. This course has a long history at CSU, as it was first offered in the Fall of 1979, and has always incorporated a research paper as one of its major assignments. CO 150 prepares writers for the types of writing situations they are likely to encounter in college: academic writing (including narrative, summary, response, synthesis, analysis, and argument), source evaluation, and source-based writing.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Intermediate Writing (Category 1A) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Intermediate Writing (GT-CO2).


Must have taken CO 130 (Academic Writing) or Composition Challenge Essay (score of 3, 4, or 5) or SAT Verbal/Critical reading score of minimum 570 or SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing score of minimum 620 or ACT COMPOSITE score of minimum 26 or Directed Self-Placement Survey code of 15.

Important Information

Compliance for meeting the course prerequisite will be checked.

Textbooks and Materials

(Students may purchase either a hard copy or a digital copy.)


Mary Hickey

B.A., English Education, Fort Lewis College; M.A., English Rhetoric & Composition, Colorado State University.

Professor Hickey teaches college writing courses - CO150, CO300, and CO150 online. She has been teaching writing at CSU since 2009.

Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay Brookshier is an English instructor at Colorado State University and a freelance writer for various online publications and non-profit organizations. Her research interests focus on literacy access, medieval literature, and the digital humanities. She primarily teaches courses in composition such as College Composition and Writing Arguments. She was a first-generation college student and one of the first in her family to graduate from college. In her spare time she enjoys playing Zelda with her son, hiking, and kayaking.

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