The Writing Major

Program Director: Michael Piafsky, Ph.D.

The major in writing is particularly valuable to students planning careers in business, science, commerce, publishing, writing, law, education, and public life. Courses offered for this degree combine creative writing, professional writing, and advanced courses in composition, literary criticism, and the history of the language. The courses afford students the opportunity to broaden their career opportunities by developing skills and competencies that are useful in professional life.

Bachelor of Arts in Writing

LOWER-DIVISION

ENG 121 Composition and Literature I 3
ENG 123 Composition and Literature II 3
ENG 240/241/242/243/WRI 2761 6

All students may substitute a multi-cultural course (ENG 244-248) or ENG 295/296 for one of these courses. Students with an A or a B in all previous English courses may elect an upper-division course for the last three hours of this requirement. Note: WRI 276 satisfies a core English requirement.

Writing majors must demonstrate competency in speech. This requirement may be fulfilled with CMM 150 or through a certifi ed proof of the competency administered by the chair of English.

UPPER-DIVISION

WRI 401/402/491 3
WRI 475/477 3
WRI Electives 15*
WRI 498 Synthesis Seminar 3
Program Electives 6
* Students may take one upper-division ENG or THR course for three of these hours.

Minor in Writing

LOWER-DIVISION

Course Title Hours
ENG 121 Composition and Literature I 3
ENG 123 Composition and Literature II 3
ENG 240/241/242/2431 6

All students may substitute a multi-cultural course (ENG 244-248) or ENG 295/296 or WRI 276 for one of these courses. Students with an A or a B in all previous English courses may elect an upper-division course for the last three hours of this requirement. 156 Division of Languages and Literature.

UPPER-DIVISION

WRI Writing Electives 12