ENGL 1313 & 1413

Honors English 1313 & 1413

English 1313 meets the same university requirements as 1113 but is designed for students with above average confidence and experience as writers. Similarly, English 1413 meets the same university requirements as 1213 but is also for more confident and experienced writers. The appeal of the courses for students lies in the customized topics of the individual sections and in their smaller cap (15 max.), which allows for more individualized instruction.

Regular sections of 1313/1413 are open to all OSU students; honors sections are open only to students enrolled in the honors college. 

Multimodal English 1313 & 1413

ENGL 1313 Goals & Objectives

What does it mean to be literate in the twenty-first century? This deceptively simple question informs the structure of this Composition 1 course. 

How important is it to know how to compose visuals?  Design websites?  Create persuasive videos?  Write a research-based academic paper?  What does each of these demand of the writer/composer?  How has literacy changed because of the availability of computers? By the end of this course, students will be prepared to offer some responses to these crucial questions.  In addition, by the end of this course, students will be able to meet the goals set by the English Department for the standard Composition I course (ENGL 1113).


Persuasive texts are alphabetic, visual, and aural. You may be persuaded by an essay, an image, a video, or a song, for example. What is the best way to persuade in the age of the internet? How do you analyze a situation and decide on the genre, format, and mode of persuasion?

English 1413 will provide you with an opportunity to explore a variety of issues such as identity, ethics, and technology in order to develop a sophisticated understanding of the means and methods of persuasion. The course links textual analysis with production; you'll create such things as videos, websites, traditional essays, photographic essays, podcasts and more (No prior experience required!). Rhetoric has always been about discovering the means of persuasion; this course examines rhetoric through a 21st century lens.