Students and advisors: If you have questions about enrolling in English 1001 and 1002, please contact Wendy Walsh at 414-288-7520 ( Please do not contact FYE instructors regarding waitlists, closed sections, or permission numbers. Only Ms. Walsh can assist with course enrollment.

The First-Year English Program does more than help Marquette undergraduates fulfill the current University Core of Common Studies requirement in rhetoric. FYE welcomes students into a multi-year process of becoming mature, effective and ethical writers: individuals capable of using writing to learn about the world around them, to discern their own evolving motives and goals, and to represent themselves and others in situations that call for written communication of various kinds.

How does FYE approach these goals? In both English 1001 and English 1002, FYE instruction focuses on critical literacies at the heart of post-secondary writing success. In general, critical literacy is the ability to express ideas, values, and beliefs effectively to diverse audiences in diverse contexts. Writers practice critical literacy when they bring curiosity, openness, engagement, and creativity to bear on a project, whether they work alone or in cooperation with others. Writers also demonstrate critical literacy through persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and metacognition or critical reflection on their own actions.

English 1001: Academic Literacies invites students to explore critical literacies specific to writing for academic purposes. Distinct from upper-division courses where students may focus on writing conventions specific to a single discipline or subject area, English 1001 asks students to read scholarly writing from across the curriculum, conduct research with a variety of scholarly resources, and write for general academic audiences.

English 1002: Public Literacies introduces students to research in action by focusing on critical literacies specific to public writing. In this project-based course, students read, watch, listen to, and analyze public discourse as preparation for identifying a current social problem, researching its evolution, and advocating for a solution in formal writing and a multimodal format suitable for public display at a campus-wide Undergraduate Research Celebration.

Jesuit Mission: FYE helps students develop multiple ways of understanding the world through language and acting within their communities as writers for the greater good of all. To do so, FYE draws on the rich tradition of Jesuit rhetoric and writing instruction initiated by St. Ignatius of Loyola and continued today by teachers and scholars active in the Jesuit Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Learn more about the tradition of eloquentia perfecta and how it informs FYE here.  

Commitment to Access and Inclusion: In FYE, we strive to make writing and writing instruction accessible to all members of the Marquette community without discriminating based on age, faith, ethnicity, race, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, language, disability, social class, or other social distinctions. In FYE we also strive to foster a culture of inclusion that begins in FYE classrooms, where students' and instructors' differences are welcomed as essential tools for learning.

Program Contacts

For enrollment assistance, including permission numbers:

Wendy Walsh, English Department Administrative Assistant
Marquette Hall 115B; 414-288-7520


English Department

Marquette University, Marquette Hall 115 (campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7179
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