University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown


All UPJ students must take foundational composition courses to develop their knowledge of and abilities to convey their complex ideas in well-organized, well-supported, clear prose that demonstrates an understanding of the standard conventions of the English language.

Working with faculty mentors, students develop their critical thinking, writing, and research skills in a two course sequence which will help them refine their ability to express themselves with clarity and coherence in writing; demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the writing process and an appreciation of the importance of audience in the presentation of their complex ideas; demonstrate an understanding of the qualities inherent in superior writing; demonstrate an understanding of the qualities inherent in various genres of writing; understand, employ, and effectively integrate various types of evidence in their written work; and demonstrate an ability to think critically about a complex topic, conduct research on that topic using a variety of scholarly and popular sources, and produce college level research


Ms. Kimberly Douglas, Coordinator
Composition Coordinator
814-269-7281  |  Fax: 814-269-7281 |


Michael Stoneham, Humanities Division Chair
234 Biddle Hall
814-269-7137 |