ENGL 401H (H01) - Honors/First-Year Writing

Honors/First-Year Writing

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 12563
Training to write more skillfully and to read with more appreciation and discernment. Frequent individual conferences for every student.
Equivalent(s): ENGL 401, ENGL 401A
Only the following students: Honors College Admit, Honors Program
Attributes: Writing Skills(Discovery), Writing Intensive Course, Honors course
Instructors: Laura Smith

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 TR 8:10am - 9:30am HUDD 224A
Additional Course Details: 

Object Lessons:  Making Meaning of Things

“[T]he things that people make, make people” (Miller, Materiality:  An Introduction). 


In this themed composition course, we’ll explore the stories and significance of things.  From toys and tools to technologies and manuscripts, from the handmade to the mass-produced, we’ll consider objects’ intersections with daily lived experience and culture—and how composition and rhetoric enable this exploration.  Indeed, we’ll analyze essays, archives, and images to discover and make meaning of things.


English 401 urges you “to use writing for academic, professional, and personal goals” and to take on “the intellectual and ethical responsibility to construct meaning—to frame interpretations, to explore multiple perspectives, to defend assertions, and to relate the new to the known.”  Exploring writing processes, you will develop strategies for “building” your writing across genres and purposes, producing rich, thorough, innovative essays with a confident voice.