UConn Waterbury Campus

UCONN Waterbury offers students a small campus setting with the benefits of a large prestigious university. The campus, located in the heart of Waterbury’s downtown area, recently expanded and boasts high-tech classrooms across campus.

UCONN Waterbury offers two first-year writing courses:

ENGL 1004: Introduction to Academic Writing

ENGL 1007: Seminar in Academic Writing and Multimodal Composition


Overview of the first-year writing courses

ENGL 1004: Introduction to Academic Writing

ENGL 1004 classes are smaller than ENGL 1007 classes so they offer students the opportunity for more individualized attention from their instructor. English 1004 prepares students for the work required in ENGL 1007, as well as future courses outside of English, by introducing them to a range of composition modes, including written, visual, and audio composition practices. In ENGL 1004, students can expect to write traditional essays, create annotated bibliographies, develop infographics, create podcasts, and explore the many other ways to use different mediums to communicate ideas to specific audiences. In English 1004, students engage in the different steps of the writing process as they draft and revise their work and give and receive feedback from their peers. Engagement with and reflection on these and related composition practices prepare students for the work expected in ENGL 1007.


ENGL 1007: Seminar in Academic Writing and Multimodal Composition

ENGL 1007 classes are a bit larger than ENGL 1004 classes so students don’t receive as much individualized attention from instructors as they do in ENGL 1004. In ENGL 1007, students compose across various mediums as they practice five course moves: collecting and curating, engaging and entering a conversation, contextualizing, theorizing, and circulating. ENGLISH 1007 invites students to consider the rhetorical implications of composing with a variety of technologies, including video, audio recording, photographs, body language, captioning, hypertext, interactive interfaces, and graphics. Examples of multimodal compositions that might be assigned in ENGL 1007 include traditional essays and annotated bibliographies, photographic essays, podcasts, infographics, websites, collages, and essays that use hyperlinks and embed media. Students are also asked to remix an earlier composition into a different mode in order to reach a different audience. All ENGL 1007 classes include a studio in which students are given class time to work on these projects and engage in collaborative writing, peer review, and to experiment with the course moves. The studio culminates with students compiling a digital learning portfolio that collects and offers reflections on some of their projects. Grounded in information literacies necessary for twenty-first century contexts, ENGL 1007 prepares students for the work expected from them across the curriculum, in many fields, and beyond.

For more questions or more information for FYW courses offered at the Waterbury Campus, please contact:

Dr. Ellen Carillo, Professor of English

Waterbury Writing Program Coordinator