Writing

Faculty and Academic Staff Top of Page

Faculty

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

Academic Staff

Deborah Faul, Senior Lecturer
Elizabeth Grbavcich, Senior Lecturer
John McCormick, Senior Lecturer
Heather McGrew, Senior Lecturer
Kate Nolin-Smith, Senior Lecturer

Writing Program Description Top of Page

The Writing Program, housed in the Writing and Library Science Department, offers a wide variety of courses in creative, professional, and academic writing. These courses include the core writing courses 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 may choose a writing minor, offered both on campus and online,  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):

The Writer's Portfolio -- 3.00 credits
WRIT 495   Writing Internship- 3 credits

Electives (9 credits):

Journaling for Study Away Students -- 1.00 credits
Gender and Sexuality in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Topics in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Writing on Illness -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Writing -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Writing and Healing -- 3.00 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
Psycholinguistics -- 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 complete 6 credits in a world language as determined by the Writing Program.

All majors must complete one Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) project and one course infused with Center for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA).  These High-Impact Practices are in required courses in the major.

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

Communication

Students will:

  • Produce original work for multiple purposes and audiences (creative, academic, professional, and public)
  • Employ conventions of Standard English in writing
  • Employ savvy rhetorical choices in writing (genre, tone, diction, design, manipulation of conventions, and others)

Individual and Social Responsibility

Students will:

  • Engage in all stages of the writing process (invention, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, publication/delivery)
  • Collaborate within the writing process

Creative and Critical Thinking

Students will:

  • Demonstrate critical reading of form and content
  • Demonstrate original thinking, creative expression, and artistic risk
  • Integrate their own ideas into the larger conversation

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 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 (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

Senior Year Experience (3 credits):

The Writer's Portfolio -- 3.00 credits
WRIT 495   Writing Internship- 3 credits

Electives (6 credits):

Journaling for Study Away Students -- 1.00 credits
Gender and Sexuality in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Topics in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Writing on Illness -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Writing -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Writing and Healing -- 3.00 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
Psycholinguistics -- 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.

All minors must complete one course infused with Center for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA).  This High-Impact Practice is in required courses in the minor.