CO 300 - Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)

  • 3 credits
View available sections

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).

Important Information

Here are the instructions for purchasing “Rhetorical Readings for Advanced Writers” through Kno:

• (Links to an external site.)

• Type ISBN 1598719033 in the search box at the top of the page. Searching by title or author is also acceptable. ISBN search is recommended.

• Click on blue “buy it” box to purchase the book.

• Download to separate devices (tablet, smartphone, etc.) by going to App Store and downloading free app. You will be able to download the book to five devices.

• Once book is purchased it is accessed by going to the individual’s course manager folder within Kno.

• Kno support should be contacted for any technical help at 1-877-WE-KNO-IT (1-877-935-6648).

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Perspectives on Argument (sec. 801 only)
    Wood, Nancy V. and Miller, James
  • Rhetorical Readings for Advanced Writers (sec. 802 only)*, 2nd Ed.
    Colorado State University Composition Department
    ISBN: 978-1598719031

*This book is available in an e-text version. See "Important Information" in green-shaded area above for information on how to order the book.


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.

Jeremy Proctor

(970) 491-6428 |

Jeremy Proctor has B.A. and M.A. degrees in English (literature), both from Colorado State University. He teaches College Composition, Writing Arguments, Introduction to Literature, and Twentieth-Century Fiction. His academic interests include modernist novels, literary theory (especially the poststructuralists), reality television, and political rhetoric.

Hannah Caballero Bonilla