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UW-Superior will offer new writing major

Posted on Nov 4, 2013
The University of Wisconsin-Superior will be offering a new Writing major to students after gaining final approval by the UW System Board of Regents in October.
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UW-Superior will offer new writing major

The Writing and Library Science Department will be offering the new Bachelor of Arts in Writing starting Fall 2014.

Students today are engaged in a variety of demands where messages are created, delivered, and responded to nearly instantly. There is a demand for writers who are flexible yet accurate, speedy yet informed, authoritative yet open to response. A growing need for writing expertise in the professional world, emerging trends in Writing Studies, and current student demand for further challenges indicate that a B.A. in Writing would benefit graduates.

The curriculum is complementary to, but unique from, offerings of other programs at the university. This new major will allow UW-Superior to appeal to and attract those writing students who are passionate about the subject and are looking forward to a challenge within the university's comprehensive liberal arts mission.

Faculty members Jamie White-Farnham and Julie Gard made the trip to the Board of Regents meeting along with others on behalf of UW-Superior in an effort to make this happen.

"We hope that Writing at UW-Superior becomes a signature program, attracting undergraduate students who are eager to study writing to our campus, and building on the community of dedicated, talented student writers that already exists," Gard said.

Gard, an assistant professor of Writing, believes it took a dedicated team approach to add this major. "The process of proposing the major was a rigorous one that required teamwork, research, and careful reflection on how we could responsibly offer a writing major using existing resources, in a manner that would align with our university's liberal arts focus and also prepare students for employment after graduation. We are pleased to offer a course of study that we believe fulfills both missions."

UW-Superior Provost Dr. Faith Hensrud was proud of the faculty and staff that made this happen. "This was the first time that our campus used the new expedited process for program approval. My thanks the Writing and Library Science Department to ensure our documents complied with the new process," Hensrud said.

The Board of Regents approved a total of four new academic programs throughout the UW System at their October meeting.

According to the Writing Program faculty and staff, "The Writing Program at UW-Superior is dedicated to preparing graduates who are cross-trained in all aspects of writing, from understanding language itself, to understanding the rhetorical situations that call for the careful use of that language, to the skillful crafting of that language into effective, memorable forms of written communication. This approach will produce well-rounded, open-minded writers who are exceptionally equipped to participate in global communication."

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