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First-Year Composition

The official logo of the First-Year Composition program at the University of Oklahoma superimposed over an image of the alley behind the Bizzell Library. On the logo, the words "University of Oklahoma" appear in black on a white background over an OU crimson rectangle. The rectangle has a square white border framing the letters FYC, with the F and C in white and the Y and rest of the surface area in OU crimson. Beneath the rectangle are the words "First-Year Composition" in black on a white background.
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Welcome to First-Year Composition at the University of Oklahoma!

The Office of First-Year Composition is committed to rhetorical education. As our students prepare both writing and speaking assignments, they practice communication skills learned from across the disciplines. Building such skills allows them to become respectful and effective participants in civil discourse. OU's FYC curriculum works to help build a citizenship composed of indiividuals that are capable of rhetorically analyzing discourse and using that analysis to productively communicate in the public sphere.

Spring 2021 Virtual Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM.

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2017-2018 Writing Program Certificate of Excellence

The University of Oklahoma's First-Year Composition Program wins the 2017-2018 CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. The photo, taken at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Kansas City in 2018, shows from left to right: Melissa Antonucci, Lecturer; Jennifer Chancellor, Lecturer; Amanda Klinger, Lecturer & Associate Director; Chris Edison, former Assistant Director; Roxanne Mountford, Professor and Director; Cassandra Woody, Lecturer and former Assistant Director; Jason Opheim, Assistant Director; Matthew Jacobson, senior Assistant Director; Kalyn Prince, incoming Assistant Director.

The University of Oklahoma’s First-Year Composition Program was selected to receive the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s 2017-2018 Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. Dr. Roxanne Mountford, Director of the FYC Program, and her team of past and present assistant directors, associate director, and two lecturers received the award in a ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri on March 16, 2018.

The selection committee, chaired by Scott Wible, noted, “OU’s FYC Program innovatively addresses the criteria associated with the award. The program exhibits dedication to excellent and responsive professional development and commitment to equity for various stakeholders; indeed, the committee found this program’s labor practices to be exemplary. The composition course outcomes and methods of instruction/assignment design exhibit best practices. Especially innovative is the way the program promotes ‘rhetorical education’ through ‘civic empathy.’ Assessment practices demonstrate comprehensive reflection in response to both quantitative and qualitative data.”

The award honors the significant investments in sustainable, high-quality instruction made by the College of Arts and Sciences at the request of the English Department, as well as the work of Mountford and her team. The changes to the program have been popular with both students and instructors. In FYC’s assessment of the curriculum, 94% of FYC students reported that they valued their learning experience, and 97% agreed that they were free to choose topics that interested them. Students also claimed that their course assignments prepared them to “respectfully engage in public discussions,” one of the core goals of the curriculum.

Our full application for the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence is available for those interested in more information about our program.