Writing

Faculty and Academic Staff Top of Page

Faculty

Julie Gard, Assistant Professor
Jayson Iwen, Assistant Professor
Yvonne Rutford, Assistant Professor
Deborah Schlacks, Professor
Jamie White-Farnham, Assistant Professor

Academic Staff

Deborah Faul, Senior Lecturer
Elizabeth Grbavcich, Senior Lecturer
Susie Isaksen, Senior Lecturer
John McCormick, Senior Lecturer
Heather McGrew, Senior Lecturer
Allen Shepard, Senior Lecturer

Writing Program Description Top of Page

The Writing Program, housed in the Department of Writing and Library Science offers a wide variety of courses in creative, professional, and academic writing. These courses include the core writing courses WRIT 101 (College Writing I) and WRIT 102 (College Writing II) and introductory and advanced writing courses that comprise the Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and the Writing Minor. 

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing offers students depth of study in writing process and craft, creative and professional writing, and theories of language and rhetoric.  Practice in diverse writing genres prepares students for a wide range of academic and professional goals.  The degree program will prepare students for many types of careers in writing, including freelance work, technical writing, grant writing, editing, copywriting, and creative writing.  Our faculty and staff include many practicing and published writers and scholars.

In addition, we encourage students in any major to take our courses as electives and to consider choosing a minor in writing.  Students in any major my choose a writing minor to complement the coursework in their major; this includes all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors.  Excellent employment opportunities exist for students who combine a writing minor with any major, since writing is required in most professions.  Students in comprehensive majors may also add a writing minor, and students in the teacher certification majors may add a writing minor in addition to their required, teachable minors.

Writing is fundamental to a liberal arts education, and proven writing ability is one of the most valuable assets a graduate can have.  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 language, rhetoric, and writing in its various forms provide an excellent opportunity for creative expression and better critical thinking.  For more information about specific courses, see Writing (WRIT) in the Course Description section of this catalog.

Writing Major Requirements Top of Page

30 total credits: 15 must be 300+ level:

Core (6 credits):

Introduction to Creative Writing -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Rhetoric -- 3.00 credits

Writing in Genres (6 credits):

Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction -- 3.00 credits
Nature Writing -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Creative Writing: Cross-genre -- 3.00 credits

Writing and Rhetoric (6 credits):

Writing Center Internship -- 1.00 credits
English Grammar -- 3.00 credits
Writing Women, Women Writing -- 3.00 credits
Art of Persuasive Writing -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Rhetoric -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Senior Year Experience (3 credits):

Capstone: The Writer's Portfolio -- 3.00 credits

Electives (9 credits):

Journaling for Study Away Students -- 1.00 credits
Business and Professional Writing -- 3.00 credits
Gender and Sexuality in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Topics in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Writing -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

3 elective credits may be selected from the following:

Language, Culture, and Society -- 3.00 credits
News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Screenwriting -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Legal Research and Writing -- 3.00 credits
Psychology of Language -- 3.00 credits

15 credits must be taken in courses at the 300 or 400 level.  Any WRIT course taken beyond satisfaction of a requirement can be counted as an elective.

The Writing Major is offered as a Bachelor of Arts degree only.  Students seeking the B.A. in Writing must also complete the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

Rhetorical Knowledge

  • Know foundational theories of language, rhetoric, and writing
  • Understand the contextual nature of writing
  • Identify and respond appropriately to a variety of exigencies
  • Write for various purposes and audiences in a variety of genres
  • Articulate their choices in arrangement, format, and structure in a variety of genres

Writing Process

  • Recognize that writing is a process requiring time and revision across drafts
  • Engage in all stages of the writing process from invention to publication
  • Collaborate with others during the writing process to both seek and provide feedback for revision
  • Develop personalized strategies for generating ideas, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading

Writerly Identity

  • Express an understanding of themselves in cultural context (whether personal, local, regional, national, ethnic, global, among others) in their writing
  • Reflect on their growth as writers and integrate insights from one project into another
  • Articulate their own perspectives as writers by way of examining strengths and weaknesses
  • Produce a polished, representative portfolio of their writing for an audience that encapsulates their writerly identities

Reading and Research

  • Demonstrate critical reading of form and content that informs their writing
  • Use reading and writing for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating new understandings
  • Integrate their own ideas with the ideas of others, appropriately "joining the conversation" of a given topic
  • Understand and apply the conventions of citation and documentation

Knowledge of Conventions

  • Understand the rhetorical implications of the use and manipulation of conventions of standard written English
  • Build on their knowledge of conventions through experimentation and practice
  • Articulate their choices in tone, diction, and the use or manipulation of conventions
  • Seek out models of conventions in reference books and other resources
  • Identify patterns of error and self-correct using personalized strategies

Writing Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits; 12 must be 300+ level

Core (6 credits):

Introduction to Creative Writing -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Rhetoric -- 3.00 credits

Writing in Genres (3 credit):

Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction -- 3.00 credits
Nature Writing -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Creative Writing: Cross-genre -- 3.00 credits

Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits):

Writing Center Internship -- 1.00 credits
English Grammar -- 3.00 credits
Writing Women, Women Writing -- 3.00 credits
Art of Persuasive Writing -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Rhetoric -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Electives (9 credits):

Journaling for Study Away Students -- 1.00 credits
Business and Professional Writing -- 3.00 credits
Gender and Sexuality in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Topics in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Writing -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Capstone: The Writer's Portfolio -- 3.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

3 elective credits may be selected from the following:

Language, Culture, and Society -- 3.00 credits
News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Screenwriting -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Legal Research and Writing -- 3.00 credits
Psychology of Language -- 3.00 credits

12 credits must be taken in courses at the 300 or 400 level.  Any WRIT course taken beyond satisfaction of a requirement can be counted as an elective.