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The official logo of the First-Year Composition program at the University of Oklahoma. 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.

We owe the success of our FYC program to the thoughtful design of the curriculum and the instructors who teach it. 

This section shares the guiding philosophy and structure of our first-year composition program. In Philosophy, you will find a detailed description of how our award-winning curriculum approaches the teaching of writing through rhetorical education and with an emphasis on contributing to civil discourse. In Course Arc, we share the intentional design within and across English 1113 and English 1213 that allows our students to practice slow argumentation, using the skills that they develop for each project to inform the next, culminating in student arguments that are based in listening and understanding. In People, we introduce the incredible folks who bring our exciting curriculum to life for our students. On this page, you will find information about our official role at the university as well as our administrative structure.

The First-Year Composition Program at the University of Oklahoma is a proud recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Conference on College Composition and Communication's prestigious 2017 Writing Program Certificate of Excellence Award

Our Role

The Office of First-Year Composition serves its students, its instructors, and the OU academic community in the following ways:

  • Preparing instructors to successfully teach course and unit objectives
  • Designing policies to support instructors and students
  • Mediating disputes between instructors and FYC students
  • Supporting students and instructors during any grade appeals for FYC unit projects
  • Providing a safe environment for you to share concerns about your FYC classes or instructors
  • Answering questions about FYC policies or procedures
  • Having an optimistic view of students and instructors
  • Checking regularly and keeping office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Cate 2, Room 426 (office hours held virtually for spring 2021)