When you become a student in an upper division at UC Irvine, you are eligible to get training on how to write for your particular field of study. However, first and foremost, you will need to acquire the fundamental writing skills that are required of all university students. The purpose of the Composition Program is to provide you with the tools necessary to accomplish these goals. Your instructors in the Program are highly qualified and devoted professionals. Together, they have developed a series of classes that will provide you with the skills necessary to be successful as a writer at UC Irvine and beyond. This guide is the product of a collaborative effort by a number of instructors who have previously delivered the lectures that are included in your curriculum. In addition to this, it draws on the experiences of other students who have dealt with the same kinds of obstacles that you will. It is full of illuminating and thought-provoking observations. You should read it carefully as you work toward being a good writer, which means becoming someone who is qualified to be a better and more productive citizen in the world of the 21st century.