Department of Writing

Writing Major

The modular curriculum allows students to determine their own course of study, balancing creative and professional writing interests with coursework that leads to a graduate program, freelance writing, editing and publishing, or corporate workplace writing.

Those students primarily interested in creative writing can take courses where they create original works of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. These students will learn to recognize and describe various poetic and prose forms, to analyze the creative work of others, including both professional writers and fellow students, and to reflect on their own developing personal aesthetic. These students will also have opportunities to develop their editing and professional writing abilities in other coursework and extracurricular activities.

Students whose primary interest is in developing their creative writing abilities may also have a desire to pursue graduate education, to enhance a love and appreciation of literature, to write independently, or to improve their writing skills for any career in which writing may play a part. Many students combine their study of creative writing with a minor in another academic area, such as art, English, history, liberal studies, philosophy, or theater. Students who focus on creative writing typically find careers as teachers, editors, grant writers, program administrators, freelance journalists, or authors.

Those students primarily interested in professional writing can take courses where they generate a wide range of nonfiction prose appropriate for a wide range of rhetorical situations. Writing majors who focus their study on professional writing, multimedia writing, document design, and writing for the web will become sophisticated analysts of communication situations and self-reflective about their own rhetorical skills. By graduation, students who have taken these kinds of courses will feel confident writing and designing pamphlets, newsletters, magazines, web pages, presentations, and a variety of other forms and genres. Students that are primarily interested in professional writing courses typically seek careers in writing, publishing, or other fields in which specialized skills in written communication are required.

All Writing majors are encouraged to combine their interest in writing with a minor in a professional area such as advertising and public relations, business, computer science, English, information systems, or international relations. Students are encouraged to create a major-minor combination that suits their own interests and career plans. Writing majors typically find careers as editors, grant writers, program administrators, technical writers, freelance writers, teachers, and authors.


Writing Major Requirements (42 credits)

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Core Requirements (4 courses = 12 credits):
WRT 200 (Introduction to Professional Writing)
WRT 210 (Writing with Style)
WRT 219 (Introduction to Creative Writing)
WRT 253 (Document Production and Design)


Module Requirement (2 courses from 3 modules = 18 credits):

Working with Writers
WRT 307 (Consulting with Writers)
WRT 308 (Working with Manuscripts)

Style and Technique
WRT 310 (Intermediate Style and Technique)
WRT 410 (Advanced Style and Technique)

Poetry Workshops
WRT 320 (Intermediate Poetry Workshop)
WRT 420 (Advanced Poetry Workshop)

Fiction Workshops
WRT 330 (Intermediate Fiction Workshop)
WRT 430 (Advanced Fiction Workshop)

Writing for the Web
WRT 351 (Writing for the Web)
WRT 451 (Advanced Writing for the Web)

Writing with Technologies
WRT 353 (Visual Rhetoric and Document Design)
WRT 455 (Multimodal Composing)

Nonfiction Workshops
WRT 360 (Intermediate Creative Nonfiction)
WRT 460 (Advanced Creative Nonfiction)

Magazine Writing
WRT 365 (Intermediate Magazine Writing)
WRT 465 (Advanced Magazine Writing)

Writing Electives (2 courses = 6 credits)
Any WRT Module course
WRT 350 (Business Communication)
WRT 354 (Writing in the Global Context)
WRT 380 (Special Topics Course)
WRT 381 (Sports and Writing)


Any two pre-approved writing electives (see approved list)
Any two advisor-approved interdisciplinary electives (talk to your advisor)


Internship and Capstone Courses (2 courses = 6 credits):
WRT 490 Internship
WRT 495 Writing and Genre




Old Writing Major (for catalog year prior to Fall 2012)

The undergraduate major in writing comprises two emphases: professional writing and creative writing. The B.A. in writing offers students a 42-credit major that focuses on rhetoric, document production, and workplace writing as well as creative writing experience in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. All writing students are encouraged to consider working toward the "Distinction in Writing" honor.

Professional Writing Emphasis 
Creative Writing Emphasis

All Writing majors will need 42 credits:
12 from the core + 27 from the track + 3 from the capstone

Core Requirements (12 credits):
WRT 200 Introduction to Professional Writing
WRT 210 Writing with Style
WRT 219 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 226 American Literature II

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