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English Composition I

Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. Students will strengthen their writing skills and become more engaged readers and stronger critical thinkers. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Using problem-based learning and real-world situations, this course teaches you how to apply knowledge in practical and relevant contexts. Our Many Ways™ learning model features multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. Students will strengthen their writing skills and become more engaged readers and critical thinkers.

In Sophia's English Composition I course, you will complete a series of formative and summative assessments comprised of 15 Challenge assessments, 5 Milestone assessments, and 5 Touchstone assessments and tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe English Composition
  • Articulate the Writing Process
  • Apply Writing and Revising Techniques
  • Conduct Research and Integrate Evidence
  • Synthesize Academic Writing Skills

NOTE: Before you begin the English Composition I course, you will be asked to submit a short writing sample (250-500 words) to demonstrate your writing style. This sample will help Sophia's Learning Coaches to support you with your successful journey through the course.


86 Student Reviews
by Kristin B. on April 19, 2017
While I thought this was an informative course and I loved getting personal feedback on my writing, it is a ton more work than Sophia courses that are worth the same number of credits. I think some load balancing may need to be done on this course.
Sophia replied on April 19, 2017

Hi Kristin— Congratulations on your successful course completion! We're glad to hear you enjoyed this course overall. As a rigorous college-level Composition course, there is a substantial amount of writing work required, and we do offer extensions when students feel they need more time for their essays. Congratulations again on earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Grace H. on April 5, 2017
I loved the access you have to the chat online with people who are more than willing to help in every way possible. It was a different experience than Capella but it kept me interested and helped me learn in another aspect.
by Kristopher S. on April 5, 2017
Overall the course was very good and I would recommend it to people. The only negative was that there was one instructor, Mackenzie, whose videos I really liked. The other instructor videos were not engaging and the quality wasn't very good. When I came to sections where Mackenzie didn't have videos I found it hard to concentrate and lost focus/interest. This of course is all personal preference.
Sophia replied on April 5, 2017

Hi Kristopher— Congratulations on your successful course completion! We certainly appreciate your feedback about your preferred instructor, as we work to continuously improve the student learning experience. Congratulations again on completing the course!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Edward R. on March 29, 2017
While I enjoyed the course, some of the questions on the tests were misleading and caused some confusion. I did like the instructor videos and found them to be very helpful.
Sophia replied on March 29, 2017

Hi Edward— Congratulations on your successful course completion! Our Learning Coach team is here to assist you with any questions you may have about the course materials, so we welcome you to reach out at any time. Congratulations again, and we hope to see you in a future Sophia course!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Christie S. on March 15, 2017
I love sophia! The way these courses are set up make it simple and easy to understand. I would never pay for a full priced online course when I can go through Sophia for a FRACTION of the price and the ability to work at my own pacce! I've taken three Sophia classes and plan on taking a few more before finishing my Bachelor's in Psychology.
by Alyssa D. on March 7, 2017
The tutorials and videos really brought everything together. I really enjoyed working at my own pace and the availability to reach out and speak to an instructor at any time was wonderful. I would love to take another Sophia course again!
by Marquita B. on February 25, 2017
This was perfect, exactly what I needed.
by Paul K. on February 14, 2017
I found the structure of the course to be very balanced. It tested both mechanics and style. One could move quickly through sections where the material was already known, and spend time concentrating on new skills. It was interesting to experience using different writing styles. The only downside is that it was substantially more work than I expected from an online class! :)


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