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Expository Writing at the University of Oklahoma

The faculty of the Expository Writing Program join Black Lives Matter in condemning the institutional and systemic racism that contributes both to inequality and to the anti-Black violence that is historically rooted in US slavery, segregation, and the prison industrial complex, violence which has long taken the form of murders of Black Americans, from the lynchings of the 19th and early 20th century to the well-documented cases of the past decade. We stand with those who protest and fight these racist structures and systems internationally, nationally, and locally.

Acknowledging that the intersectional impact of anti-Black racism falls most heavily upon those Black bodies vulnerable to multiple forms of identity-based discrimination (non-binary, queer, trans, disabled or undocumented persons), and that Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, Asian, and Jewish voices have long resisted White supremacy, as educators who embrace anti-racist pedagogy we now join more vocally and purposefully those who have been demanding accountability, reform, and justice.

As a program serving primarily first-year students, we work collectively to undo the systemic racism and White supremacist thinking entrenched in secondary and higher education that centers White and other normative values and language. In order to empower student writers as researchers, critical thinkers, and compassionate human beings, we are committed to anti-racist and inclusive pedagogies that create equitable modes of learning for all students and that value all languages spoken and written. In our curricula, our classrooms, our offices, and our online classes, we strive to honor these commitments. 


Students who complete an Expo course will come away with the knowledge they’ll need to explore the wider academic world that the university has to offer and the skills they’ll need to make their voices heard within that world.

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The faculty in the Expo program are experienced teachers of college writing who bring to the classroom an advanced knowledge of their subject and a passion for helping students develop their writing.

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The Expository Writing Program offers students the opportunity to sharpen their reading, writing and critical thinking skills through intensive examination of a particular topic, in a seminar-sized class defined by collaboration between students and instructors.

EXPO 1213 meets the GenEd 2nd Semester Composition requirement.