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CO 300 - Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)

  • 3 credits

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.


CO 150 (College Composiiton) or Honors Seminar


Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay Brookshier is an English instructor at Colorado State University and a freelance writer for various online publications and non-profit organizations. Her research interests focus on literacy access, medieval literature, and the digital humanities. She primarily teaches courses in composition such as College Composition and Writing Arguments. She was a first-generation college student and one of the first in her family to graduate from college. In her spare time she enjoys playing Zelda with her son, hiking, and kayaking.