CO 150 - College Composition (GT-CO2)

  • 3 credits

The course includes expository and argumentative writing emphasizing purpose and audience; writing and reading processes; development of ideas; coherence; effective style. The primary goals of this course are to teach learning, thinking, critical reading, and written communication at a university level.

Textbook Requirements – sec. 801

“The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers: Brief Edition” by Stephen Reid, 10th edition, ISBN 978-0205883059 – REQUIRED – Note: Students may purchase either a hard copy or digital copy

Textbook Requirements – sec. 802

(1) “They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing with Readings” by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst, 2nd edition, ISBN 978-0393912753 – REQUIRED
(2) “The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing” by Michael Harvey, 2nd edition, ISBN 978-1603848985 – REQUIRED
(3) “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon, ISBN 978-0761169253 – REQUIRED

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).


SAT verbal/critical reading score of 600 or above, or ACT COMPOSITE score of 26 or above, or completion of the Directed Self-Placement Survey, or Composition Placement Essay (score of 3, 4, or 5), or CO 130 (Academic Writing).

Important Information

Compliance for meeting the course prerequisite will be checked.

Textbook and Materials

See textbook information for your section at the end of the course description above.


Kristina Quynn

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B.A. English, University of Colorado-Boulder; M.A. History, Montana State University; PhD English, Michigan State University

I have taught writing and argumentation for more than a decade, and I believe writing is THE most important and pleasurable, yet also most taken-for-granted,“methodology” of academic and scholarly thinking. My research considers how modern and contemporary (im)migrant women writers and filmmakers play with form to represent mobile feminine subjects—configurations of the feminine that refuse to stay in place or on point. I have published in collections on Modern & Contemporary Drama, Irish Women's Writing, as well as in the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association and The Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. I am co-editor of Reading and Writing Experimental Texts: Critical Innovations. I am also the Founding Director of CSU Writes, a campus-wide program that serves the needs of faculty and graduate student writers who write for publication or degree completion.

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, and she also coordinates the CSU English Department Internship Program.