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.

Tutoring in composition is also available! Contact Mrs. Marissa Landrigan for details.


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