Anthony Bukoski, Professor
Maureen Salzer, Associate Professor
Deborah Schlacks, Professor 

Academic Staff

Elizabeth Grbavcich, Senior Lecturer
Susie Isaksen, Senior Lecturer
John McCormick, Senior Lecturer
Heather McGrew, Senior Lecturer
Yvonne Rutford, Senior Lecturer
Allen Shepard, Senior Lecturer
Barton Sutter, Senior Lecturer

The Writing Program, housed in the Department of Writing, Reading, and Library Science, offers a wide variety of courses in creative, professional, and academic writing. These courses range from introductory to upper-level writing courses, including the core writing courses WRIT 101 College Writing I and WRIT 102 College Writing II. We serve students of every major in the introductory courses as well as provide writing courses that serve specific populations of students, such as business majors and social work majors. In addition, we strongly encourage students in any major to take our courses as electives and to consider choosing a minor in writing. Our faculty and staff include many practicing and published writers and scholars.

Any student can benefit from taking writing courses. Writing is fundamental to a liberal arts education, and proven writing ability is one of the most valuable assets a graduate can have. Students who practice writing are able to more effectively respond to the writing assignments required in their courses. Employers frequently consider writing ability and expertise when hiring. Argumentation and persuasion of specific audiences are fundamental abilities required of informed citizens. Further, the study and practice of writing in its various forms provide an excellent opportunity for creative expression. Finally, the study of language, rhetoric, and writing helps students to become better critical thinkers and more informed consumers. For more information about specific courses, see Writing (WRIT) in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Minor in Writing: Students in any major may choose a writing minor to complement the coursework in their major. This includes all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors. Students in comprehensive majors may add a writing minor, and students in the teacher certification majors may add a writing minor in addition to their required, teachable minors. 

Writing Minor

21 credits

Excellent employment opportunities exist for students who combine a writing minor with any major, since writing is required in most professions. For instance, a business administration major may minor in writing, and so may a biology, history, or English major. Note that our minor has been updated with new courses and some changes in requirements.

Writing Minor requirements:

Three credits in either:

WRIT 215      Writer's Craft: Poetry and Drama
WRIT 216      Writer's Craft: Fiction

No courses that are also fulfilling General Education requirements can be used to satisfy this requirement.

Three credits in 200-level writing courses with the WRIT prefix. Choose from:

WRIT 209      Business and Professional Writing - 3 credits
WRIT 251      Creative Writing: Memoir - 3 credits
WRIT 252      Creative Writing: Poetry - 3 credits
WRIT 253      Creative Writing: Fiction - 3 credits
WRIT 255      Gender and Sexuality in Writing - 3 credits
WRIT 265      Writing Center Internship - 1 credit 
                       (may be repeated)

Nine credits in 300- or 400-level writing courses with the WRIT prefix. Choose from:

WRIT 301      Writing Creative Nonfiction - 3 credits
WRIT 308      Nature Writing  -  3 credits
WRIT/WST 325        Writing Women, Women Writing - 3 credits
WRIT/WST 348        Women's Autobiography - 3 credits
WRIT 350      Advanced Creative Writing  - 3 credits
WRIT 401      The Art of Persuasive Writing  - 3 credits
WRIT 470      Special Topics in Writing - 3 credits

Three credits in a course focused on language and/or rhetoric. Choose from:

WRIT 303      Introduction to Rhetoric - 3 credits
WRIT 307      English Grammar - 3 credits
WRIT 450      Special Topics in Rhetoric - 3 credits

Three additional credits in any writing course above 300.