CO 150 - College Composition (GT-CO2)

  • 3 credits
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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.

In order to achieve these goals, students will first analyze articles, videos, and speeches that discuss real-world problems. Afterwards, students will embark on their own extended academic research of a social problem that is of interest or relevant to themselves.

Textbook Requirements – sec. 801

“The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers” by Stephen Reid & Dominic DelliCarpini, 11th edition, ISBN 978-0134122045 – REQUIRED – Note: Students may purchase either a hard copy or digital copy

Textbook Requirements – sec. 802

“The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing with 2016 MLA update”, 11th edition, Charles Cooper and Rise Axelrod – REQUIRED (physical or ebook is acceptable)

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

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


Leslie Davis

Leslie Davis received Masters degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language and French from CSU in 2016. In addition to teaching composition courses, she works as the ESL Specialist in the CSU Writing Center. Her research interests include second language writing and writing anxiety, along with working effectively with diverse student populations in the Writing Center.

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.