University of Mississippi

Writing 250

ADVANCED COMPOSITION Students participating in class discussion

Course Purpose:

Writing 250 is an advanced composition course designed to help students further develop the analysis, synthesis, argument, and research skills built in first-year writing in addition to introducing them to primary research. The course follows a Writing in the Disciplines approach, requiring students to choose topics within their fields to research and to write about to help prepare them for their later coursework in core classes. Writing 250 is offered both face-to-face and online, and beginning in Fall 2013 the curriculum will require students to complete four major writing assignments (an exploratory essay, topic proposal, literature review, and research prospectus) in addition to a multimodal project and ePortfolio. Our course outcomes can be found below.


Student Learning Outcomes:

Building on the foundations of WRIT 100/101 and 102 (or their equivalents), students will progress in the following areas:


  • Advance in understanding that writing and composing in various media uses processes that include planning, research, drafting, peer review, and revision.
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of their own personal writing processes.

Exploration and Argumentation:

  • Apply rhetorical strategies effectively and ethically to different genres and methods of delivery, reading and responding to complex texts that represent a range of opinions that may differ from their own opinions.
  • Explore the nature of writing and reading, synthesizing external sources and ideas into sound arguments that logically argue a claim.

Purpose and Audience:

  • Understand that composition promotes action through writing, accomplishing rhetorical aims in contexts suitable for a variety of purposes, with an emphasis on academic purposes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in matching writing styles to specific audiences, and applying academic writing to the wide variety of audiences that can be accessed by technological means.


  • Locate, evaluate, and integrate external sources, synthesizing such information into research-based writing, following and using appropriate citation practices.
  • Use an inquiry-driven approach to integrate supporting evidence for claims made, employing multiple methods of delivery to present research results.

Conventions and Mechanics:

  • Produce compositions that are free of logical fallacies and mechanical errors that distort meaning or interfere with clarity and comprehension.
  • Produce compositions that adhere to the conventions of academic standards.