Communication Literacy is a two-course writing sequence recognizing that students communicate in a diverse world that is at once textual, digital, and highly visual.
The first course establishes strong foundations in writing, rhetoric, and oral and visual communication, while developing strategies to organize, evaluate and manage enormous quantities of information.
The second course adopts a “writing in the disciplines” model that transmits the skills required to both learn and create knowledge within the chosen academic field, and to develop a professional voice through opportunities to write on substantive issues arising from the major.
Both Communication Literacy courses have—as a minimum—the following components:
To figure out what courses you are required to take in order to fulfill your writing requirement, you can always ask your academic advisor or check your Academic Advisement Report.
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This course is introduction to research, writing, and rhetorical practices employed in academic and professional contexts. The course examines the operation of genres, the audiences they address, and the purposes they serve. The course focuses on the analysis and development of student writing and rhetorical practice. Assignments include research essays, digital compositions, and oral presentations. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course.
Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.
CL2 is taught within the disciplines, providing you with a range of choices for competing the second course of the Communication Literacy sequence.
Having completed CL2, you will be able to:
The Department of English's CL2 courses include 202 (Technical Writing), 207 (Creative Writing), 208 (Writing About Literature), 209 (Writing about Science), 210 (Professional Writing), and 285 (Writing in the Health Sciences), and any other course designated CL-2 here: https://www.buffalo.edu/cas/english/undergraduate-programs/undergraduate-course-list.html
CL2 Courses offered by other departments can be found here: https://catalog.buffalo.edu/policies/ubcurriculum.html#clII
This is a question that is relevant only for students under the old General Education requirements who still need to take a course to stand in for the ENG 201 course requirement (ENG 101 and ENG 201, in combination, once completed the Humanities requirement). In addition, CL2 courses will only satisfy your humanities requirement if a program in the humanities offers it: AAS, AS, AMS, CL, COL, ENG, FR, GER, GGS, HIS, HMN, ITA, JDS, LLS, PHI, RSP, SPA, TNS, and other languages. If you take a CL2 course offered by a department other than the ones listed above, you will need to take another course in one of these departments to satisfy your humanities requirement.
The proposed Communication Literacy sequence adopts a “Writing in the Disciplines” model that recognizes that our students will communicate in a world that is textual, but also digitally mediated and highly visual.
It recognizes that students will be asked to collaborate and communicate with diverse groups in a global context, and that they will be challenged not only to find information, but also to organize, evaluate and manage the enormous quantity of information they find.
Having completed the Communication Literacy 1 course (ENG 105), students will be able to:
Having completed Communication Literacy 2, students will be able to:
These course objectives derive in part from the SUNY-wide General Education requirements for Basic Communication and the Humanities, and in part from the outcomes statement of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. These have pointed to a pair of recent developments in our program’s curriculum: a professional genres requirement and a digital composition requirement.