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.


Edward Lessor

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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.

Kelly Bradbury
Kelly Bradbury

Kelly Bradbury is an English Instructor and Upper-Division Composition Administrator at Colorado State University. She has a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies from Ohio State University and teaches primarily upper-division writing courses. Her research and teaching interests include the teaching of writing, critical information literacy, and rhetorical empathy. She is originally from South Dakota but also lived in Ohio, New York City, and New Jersey before journeying to the beautiful state of Colorado.

Devon Fulford
Devon Fulford

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.

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