Major in Writing Studies (36SH)

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The writing studies major involves the study of writing in various creative genres, writing for particular professions, English grammar, English literature, and practical experience in peer teaching, publishing, and internship settings. Students will study with faculty members who are published writers and will have further opportunities to interact with visiting writers through workshops and summer retreats.

The writing studies major is by intention small and flexible. Majors are encouraged to double major or minor in their other areas of interest. Simultaneous study will allow writers to broaden their knowledge bases by exploring other subjects in depth. Students will be more informed as writers and, in turn, will be able to use their writing and rhetorical skills to contribute more easily to the discourse of other fields.

Writing studies at EMU will prepare students for careers in editing, publishing, journalism, and technical writing. Those who wish to pursue studies in creative writing will produce portfolios of work suitable for graduate school application. In addition, writing studies graduates will have strong and flexible communication skills, enhancing their desirability as employees in any field they may wish to pursue.

*course offered alternate years

Core Writing Courses (12 SH)

  • LING 260 Grammars of English … 3
  • WRIT 200 Introduction to Creative Writing … 3
  • WRIT 380-382 Professional Writing Series* OR COMM 241 News and Feature Writing … 3
  • WRIT 400 Senior Thesis … 3

Creative Workshops (9 SH)

Take three workshops in at least two genres. (Courses are designed to be taken more than once.)

  • WRIT 350 Prose Workshop … 3
  • WRIT 370 Poetry* … 3
  • THR 310 Playwriting and Screenwriting* … 3

Literature Courses (9 SH)

Choose 9 SH elected from LIT courses. Must include at least one Global Literatures course and one Approaches course.

Writing Practicum (3 SH)

Choose 3SH from the following courses:

  • COMM 342 Campus Communications: Weather Vane (writing/editing focus) … 1-3
  • LARTS 390-391 Peer Tutoring Practicum … 1
  • WRIT 390 Literary Arts Journal: Phoenix … 1
  • WRIT 470 Internship … 1-3

Elective (3SH)

Choose 3 SH from courses in literature, writing, or grammars course above the 200 level. May also be fulfilled through News and Feature Writing, practicum, Kairos, or transferable writing retreat credits. (For example, Oregon Extension).

  • WRIT 340 Kairos Place … 3

In addition, majors are expected to attend all Writers Read events and participate in year-end readings.

*course offered alternate years

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