The First- and Second-year English Program coordinates the required sequence
of English courses. In general, this sequence is central to the core curriculum
of the University and is designed to instruct students in techniques of
careful and comprehensive reading and in the process of clear, disciplined,
inventive thinking. Above all, the sequence emphasizes the competence that
students need to present the products of one or both of these processes
in a well-written, reasoned paper that displays skill in manipulating ideas
and in using written language to communicate those ideas to an audience.
The First- and Second-year English Office provides support to the teachers of
the courses in this sequence and to the students enrolled in these courses.