Course Requirements: English Writing Studies Track, BA

  • The Writing Studies Track enables students to design a course of study in the theory and practice of writing in a variety of genres.

    A student who completes the Writing Studies Track will be able to demonstrate skills in the analysis, construction, and presentation of texts; identify and apply productive, effective, and creative approaches to writing tasks for diverse audiences; and create a portfolio of writing for use in applying to graduate programs or for professional positions. The Writing Studies Track prepares students for any career that requires professional writing skills.

    Liberal Studies

    As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:

    Humanities-Literature: ENGL 122
    Mathematics: 3 credits

    Liberal Studies Electives: 9 credits, no courses with ENGL prefix

    College: Foreign Language Intermediate Level1


    Required Courses, Two from the following:
    ENGL 210 British Literature to 1660 3cr
    ENGL 211 British Literature 1660–1900 3cr
    ENGL 212 American Literature: Beginnings to 1900 3cr
    ENGL 213 British and American Literature Since 1900 3cr
    ENGL 226 Survey of Global Literature Since 1900 3cr
    One writing course from the following:
    ENGL 220 Advanced Composition 3cr
    ENGL 221 Creative Writing 3cr
    ENGL 222 Technical Writing 3cr
    One language course from the following:
    ENGL 203 Introduction to Language Studies 3cr
    ENGL 313 Rhetorical Trends and Traditions 3cr
    ENGL 328 Introduction to Linguistics 3cr
    Capstone course:
    ENGL 484 Topics in English Studies 3cr

    Controlled Electives in English/Pre-Law:

    Two courses from craft and genre: from the following:
    ENGL 220 Advanced Composition 3cr
    ENGL 221 Creative Writing 3cr
    ENGL 222 Technical Writing 3cr
    ENGL 321 Persuasive Speech and Writing 3cr
    ENGL 325 Writing Poetry 3cr
    ENGL 326 Writing Fiction 3cr
    ENGL 327 Writing Creative Nonfiction 3cr
    ENGL 422 3cr
    ENGL/THTR 347 Playwriting 3cr
    One writing course from Forms and Theories:
    ENGL 308 Critical Theory 3cr
    ENGL 335 Literary Nonfiction 3cr
    ENGL 340 The Novel 3cr
    ENGL 341 Poetry 3cr
    ENGL 342 Short Fiction 3cr
    ENGL 343 Drama 3cr
    ENGL 450 Film Theory 3cr
    Two courses from Studio/Portfolio/Career Preparation:
    ENGL 360 Editing and Publishing 3cr
    ENGL 420 Writer’s Studio 3cr
    ENGL 483 3cr
    ENGL 493 Internship 3cr
    Two courses with ENGL prefix except: ENGL 100, 101, 121, 122, or 202

    Total Degree Requirements

    1Intermediate-level foreign language may be included in Liberal Studies electives.

    An internship, aside from counting for up to six credits toward the major, makes the BA degree recipient much more employable by providing job experience. Students should see the English BA internship director for advice about available openings.