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.
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) or Honors Seminar
Textbooks and Materials
Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.
Ed Lessor has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from University of Chicago and an M.A.in British literature from Florida State University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English literature from Syracuse University.
Devon Fulford is a writer and English instructor at Colorado State University. Her poetry chapbook, southern atheist: oh, honey is forthcoming from Cathexis Northwest Press in the summer of 2021. Devon has masters degrees in both creative writing (MACW) and education (MA) and is currently working toward completing her Doctor of Education in transformative leadership (expected completion May 2022). Her research interests include cultivating empathy via diverse English curriculum and utilizing writing as a tool of leadership and change with populations of both college students and inmates at a federal penal institution.