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Welcome to the First-Year English Program! Our office coordinates all sections of English 101 and 102, the only academic courses that every undergraduate student must complete before graduation. Each semester, we offer more than 125 sections of English 101 and 102, taught by approximately 100 instructors, serving more than 3000 students—making ours the largest academic courses on campus. We emphasize small class sizes, interactive teaching, and challenging curricula. Our goal is to help students develop the strong writing, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills they’ll need to succeed in future college coursework and beyond. Since our program is large, we’ve designed this site to answer basic questions about how English 101 and 102 work. We encourage students, parents, and high school teachers to browse—we are confident most of your questions can be answered here!


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