CO 300 - Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)

  • 3 credits
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Reading, analyzing, researching, and writing arguments.

In CO 300 Writing Arguments, we will compose a variety of argumentative texts in various modes. Throughout the semester we will pay special attention to the diverse forms of communication in terms of their persuasive and convincing aspects. These forms include: text, sound, still and moving images.

A large focus of this course is geared toward understanding and composing messages for specific audiences and purposes. Assignments in CO 300 will encourage adaptation of content and style when responding to the needs of different audiences and rhetorical situations.

Through this process, students will extend their rhetorical knowledge, their experience in writing processes, and their mastery of writing conventions.

Throughout CO 300, students will:

  • Practice critically reading texts about the rhetoric of argument as well as critical analysis of sample arguments
  • Understand and practice various modes of argument composed for a variety of contexts and audiences
  • Conduct writing processes with a special emphasis on accessing and evaluating sources from databases, peer critiquing, reflection on writing processes, and revising and editing.

Required Textbook Information
Section 801:
Perspectives on Argument., 8th Ed.
Wood and Miller
Rhetorical Readings for Advanced Writers, 3rd Ed.
Ebook available via TopHat website.
Section 802:
Contact instructor.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Advanced Writing (Category 2) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Advanced Writing (GT-CO3).


CO 150 (College Composiiton).

Textbooks and Materials

Important: See bottom of course description for textbook requirements for your section.


Christina Sutton
Christina Sutton

(970) 491-6067 |

Christina Sutton is a senior teaching instructor in Colorado State University’s English Department. She earned her secondary degree in English from CSU in 1991 and taught for several years in the Department. Then, she applied her teaching interests to a business setting, supporting local and state-side businesses as they ramped up their use of technology.

Having returned to teaching at CSU in 1998, she continues to actively investigate and use composition theory while teaching upper-division courses, most notably writing in the sciences. Her recent professional passion is STEM communication, and she lives out this passion by inspiring undergraduate and graduate scientists to communicate effectively in different contexts. She recently compiled Rhetorical Readings for the Science Writer, a text that supports scientists as they answer the calls to communicate their science.

Edward Lessor

(970) 491-5437 |

Ed Lessor has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from University of Chicago and an British literature from Florida State University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English literature from Syracuse University.

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