The First-year Composition Program at UGA introduces 3,500-4,000 students a year to college-level academic writing. English 1101 is concerned with argumentative discourse, English 1102 with constructing academic arguments through literature. We also offer a wide range of special topics courses, online writing classes, and composition courses that are associated with the UGA Learning Communities or employ Reacting to the Past pedagogy. .

The capstone project for both courses is an electronic portfolio of student work generated through Emma, the department’s own Electronic Markup and Management Application. ePortfolios allow students to showcase their best work, to reflect upon their own writing practices, and to present their writing in a persuasive manner to a range of readers.

The UGA First-year Composition Program was a member of Cohort 2 of the Inter/National Coalition of Electronic Portfolio Research and in 2007 submitted a final report to that body. In 2010-2013, the FYC Program participated in Cohort 6 of the Inter/National Coalition of Electronic Portfolio Research; the research topic was Assessment.


UGA Writing Center

Students in FYC classes are encouraged to visit the Writing Center, which is open to all students at the university. Please see the  UGA Writing Center Home Page for more information and times.

Technical Support

The First-year Composition Program uses technology to help students master written communication. Among these tools is Emma. Students in need of help with Emma or other related issues are encouraged to visit the FYC Emma lab in room 118 of Park Hall. The lab is generally open 8:00 - 5:00 M-F. A member of the Emma Support Staff will be available for your assistance during those times.

The Emma lab also partners with the Writing Center to offer tutoring appointments in Park 118. Members of the lab staff are also experienced composition teachers, so it's a great place to get help with essays or portfolios for your composition courses. Tutoring appointments for all of the Writing Centers can be made on its scheduling site.