The University of Dayton’s Commitment to Teaching Composition
The University of Dayton has a strong commitment to providing all students a liberal arts education, whether they are majors in the College of Arts and Sciences or one of the professional schools. This commitment derives from the conviction that to be people of faith and full citizens in the world, students need much more than preparation for a particular career or job. Indeed, they require a complete education that includes study of the physical and social sciences, mathematics, languages, and all of the arts including the visual arts, literature, and writing. Given this conviction, the University has established that all students are to complete a course of study in the first year that includes philosophy, history, religious studies, and composition. This course of study, called the Humanities Commons, is designed to provide the foundation for critical thinking, critical reading, and effective written expression.