Course Description

The second of a two-course sequence designed to provide incoming students with expository and argumentative writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Write clear, persuasive essays on a focused topic.
  • Develop the practice of structuring research materials and drafts through organizational devices such as outlining, listing, and clustering.
  • Develop researched essays with supportive evidence (facts, statistics, authoritative opinion, and personal argument).
  • Write clear and concise thesis statements, topic sentences, introductions and conclusions for persuasive essays.
  • Refine effective revising and editing strategies for use in revising one’s own work and the work of peers.


Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 180,000 alumni worldwide.

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College of Letters and Sciences

“Our faculty are established scholars and creators in their own fields. They are dedicated to making your entry into their disciplines a successful one, preparing you for your career as well as graduate study.”
College of Letters and Sciences
Jackson M., Class of 2021, Military Veteran