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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.

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.


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.

Joe Schicke

Joe Schicke is a Composition Instructor trained in composition theory and online learning. He holds a Master's from CSU and is a PhD student in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech. Joe researches sound, music, rhetoric, technological mediation, and alternative grading practices.

Jeremy Proctor

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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.

Christina Sutton
Christina Sutton

Christina Sutton is a senior teaching instructor in Colorado State University’s English Department. She earned her secondary degree in English from CSU in 1991 and taught for several years in the Department. Then, she applied her teaching interests to a business setting, supporting local and state-side businesses as they ramped up their use of technology.

Having returned to teaching at CSU in 1998, she continues to actively investigate and use composition theory while teaching upper-division courses, most notably writing in the sciences. Her recent professional passion is STEM communication, and she lives out this passion by inspiring undergraduate and graduate scientists to communicate effectively in different contexts. She recently compiled Rhetorical Readings for the Science Writer, a text that supports scientists as they answer the calls to communicate their science.

Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay Brookshier is a senior English Instructor and Upper-Division Composition Administrator at Colorado State University. She primarily teaches composition courses like College Composition and Writing Arguments. Her research interests include online learning and design and inclusion in the composition classroom. In her spare time, she works as a content director and writer for a Disney Parks travel website.

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Leslie Davis

 Leslie Davis is a senior instructor in the English Department, teaching first-year and upper division composition. She has conducted research in teaching English and second language writing. She is especially interested in digital rhetoric, argument, and writing in foreign languages. Additionally, she works as the Associate Director for the CSU Writing Center.