School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Writing

The Writing major gives students opportunities to develop advanced writing skills in a range of creative and professional writing arenas. Students are encouraged to pursue an additional major or a strategic set of minors alongside this major, especially fields which include challenging writing tasks. It is hosted by the Department of English

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Degree Options

35-hour Major

Students complete 18-25 hours in courses focused on writing, editing, and/or publishing as well as upper-level courses, practicums, and internships. It may be completed in three or four years.

15-hour Minor

The writing minor requires that students take at least 12 hours of English-captioned upper-division writing courses. Students may take three hours from other captions. Writing for Media, French Composition, or Spanish Composition may also be applied.

Classes

What courses will I take?

Among the classes of this major are:

  • Appreciation of the Writing Craft
  • English Grammar
  • Professional Writing and Editing
  • Creative Writing Workshop

View the complete list of courses for the Writing major.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Students in the writing program often complete a second major in another discipline of their choosing, which means the types of industries in which they might work — ministry, health care, technology, government, education, non-profit or for-profit business sectors — are endless.

Pairing a writing major with another major elevates the skillset of an individual when searching for a career or internship. For example, a biology major pursuing a technical writing field would benefit as would a psychology, history, or accounting major to self-publish articles or books.

Experience

Writing majors immerse themselves in literature from a variety of genres and nurture their own creativity through writing classes, participation in the university’s literary magazine, and writing conferences.

In addition, students are able to pursue advanced training in expository, argumentative, nonfiction, and creative writing. The department also provides opportunities for students to participate in various publications and contests.

Getting Involved
  • Academic achievement among students majoring in English is recognized by membership in the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a national English Honor Society.
  • The department annual sponsors the Campus Literary Arts Magazine, which publishes students' poetry, fiction, and artwork.
  • The Department of English sponsors the Syford Poetry Contest and the Genesis Contest for Short Prose.
  • The Department of English encourages faculty-student collegiality through social gatherings such as dinners and picnics, professional theatre attendance, and faculty-home study groups.
Internship Initiative

Internships and freelance work provide practical, hands-on experiences for our students. This benefits the students by:

  • providing opportunities to apply their skills
  • build their portfolios
  • develop a professional network
  • consider the full spectrum of career opportunities available upon graduation

These experiences are equally beneficial to the organizations who partner with us. They quickly discover the competence, innovative thinking, and quality work of our students, who are eager to demonstrate their skills and become an asset to their employers. This is because we have great students who come into the program with a desire to work hard and find meaningful ways to channel their enthusiasm and creativity. The training they receive in their coursework teaches them to think critically, communicate effectively across a number of platforms, and adhere to professional standards.

Types of projects suitable for our students could include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing content for marketing materials
  • Managing/writing for social media
  • Launching and helping maintain a social media presence
  • Managing/editing a print or web publication
  • Writing feature articles for a magazine, newsletter, website, or blog
  • Writing speeches
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Crafting letters or email messages to internal or external audiences
  • Copy editing
  • Conducting a variety of research projects -- possibly related to grants, marketing, internal processes, etc.