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.

Textbook Requirements - sec. 801

Contact your instructor.

Textbook Requirements - sec. 802

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Textbook Requirements - sec. 803

"Perspectives on Argument" by Nancy V. Wood and James S. Miller, 9th edition, ISBN 978-0134430041 for the revel online version and 978-0134392882 for the hard copy.

Textbook Requirements - sec. 804

"Essentials of Argument" by Nancy V. Wood, 3rd edition, ISBN 978-0205827022
"Rhetorical Readings for Advanced Writers" by CSU Composition Program

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.


Hannah Caballero Bonilla

(208) 409-9932 |

Hannah Caballero earned a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Idaho and an M.A. from Colorado State University in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL). She currently teaches courses in the CSU English Department including CO 130, CO 150-ESL, CO 300, and literature. She also serves as a composition administrator to help develop composition curriculum and train instructors and graduate teaching assistants.

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.