Bachelor’s Degree in Writing

  • Overview

    WPU’s Writing curriculum combines courses from the English and Communication programs to build the skills for creating well-crafted documents for immediate, practical use.  

    Even as today’s workplace becomes increasingly technological and mechanized, employers identify mastery of language as the skill most lacking in recent college graduates. If you are seeking an edge to distinguish yourself as a writer, look no further. The Writing major combines a focus on close reading and argument with a contemporary application of such skills to digital media to prepare you for a career in emerging fields that demand linguistic precision in technological contexts. Coursework includes core classes in professional writing, social media, communications research and advanced grammar, and a wide range of electives enable you to tailor your program according to your interests and career goals.

    Writing Program - Bachelor's Degree in Writing
    WPU Students are equipped and prepared for various careers because of their knowledge and understanding of the written word
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Writing

    Liberal Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Writing Core Courses30 credit hours
    Writing Elective Courses6 credit hours
    General Electives35 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Writing120 credit hours

     

    Writing Core Courses
    30 credit hours
    COM 230: Media Writing3
    One (1) additional 200-level COM course3
    COM 300: Communications Research3
    COM 311: Interactive and Social Media3
    One (1) additional 300-level COM course3
    One (1) 200-level ENG course3
    ENG 312: Advanced Topics in Writing3
    ENG 314: Professional Writing3
    ENG 316: Advanced Grammar3
    One (1) 400-level ENG course3
    Writing Elective Courses (choose 6)
     6 credit hours
    COM 105/106, COM 205/206, COM 305/306, COM 405/406: The Peace Times (1 credit hour each; can take up to three (3) times)
    COM 108: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
    One (1) additional 200-level COM course
    One (1) additional 300-level COM course
    One (1) 400-level COM course
    ENG 147: Literary Magazine Publication PRISM (May be repeated; can count for up to three (3) credits)
    ENG 185: Introduction to Creative Writing
    One (1) additional 300-level ENG course
    One (1) additional 400-level ENG course

    Note:

    • All 200-level English courses also fulfill the 200-level Liberal Education Writing Requirement and may
      count as CTC (Critical Thinking about Culture and Society) courses. The same 200-level ENG course
      cannot fulfill your Liberal Education Writing Requirement and count as a CTC course.
    • All 300-level ENG courses also fulfill the Liberal Education Upper Level Writing requirement.
    • You cannot double count more than two courses in the Writing minor as Liberal Education courses.

     

    General Electives
    35 credit hours
    Must complete 35 elective credit hours35

     

    Minor

    Minor in Writing
    18 credit hours
    COM 230: Media Writing3
    Two (2) 300-level ENG courses3
    Choose nine (9) credits from the following:
    COM 105/106, COM 205/206, COM 305/306, COM 405/406: The Peace Times (1 credit each; can count for up to three (3) credits)3
    COM 108: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival3
    One (1) additional 200-level COM course3
    One (1) 300-level COM course3
    One (1) 400-level COM course3
    ENG 147: Literary Magazine Publication PRISM (May be repeated; can count for up to three (3) credits)3
    ENG 185: Introduction to Creative Writing3
    One (1) additional 300-level ENG course3
    One (1) 400-level ENG course3
  • Faculty
    Eliza Laskowski, WPU Professor.
    Assistant Professor of English
    Corinne Andersen, WPU professor.
    Department Chair of Humanities and Professor of English
    Wade Newhouse, WPU Professor.
    Program Director of Theatre; Professor of English
    Kate Maddalena, WPU Professor
    Assistant Professor of Writing
    Janelle Jennings-Alexander, WPU Professor
    Assistant Professor of English
WPU Faculty member, Janelle Jennings-Alexander
Janelle Jennings-Alexander, WPU Professor
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