Writing Concentration (B.A./B.S.)

Writing Minor

Why concentrate in writing?

You’ll be in a program that multiple alums have described as equivalent to the creative writing grad schools they thought they were preparing for. After taking the basic courses, you’ll tailor your course choices toward professional or creative, or a combination of the two. With professional courses taught by experts, you’ll be prepared to apply for jobs directly after college.

Write for Inkstone, the literary magazine, and attend the Festival of Faith and Writing to listen to the likes of Anne Lamott, Mary Karr, or Scott Cairns with your professors.

For those of you interested in graduate school, these are some of the most-esteemed schools where our alums have been accepted: Hollins, the University of Virginia, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.


Writing Concentration Requirements

The writing concentration prepares students to pursue graduate work in English, as well as careers in fields such as technical writing, publishing and freelancing. In the writing concentration, students sharpen their critical thinking, reading and writing skills as they engage in three primary genres of writing: creative, expository and technical. Electives allow students to pursue the types of writing that most interest them. The senior capstone course in writing enables students to produce a portfolio and to gain experience writing in a specialized field. The degree is granted upon completion of 125 credits as specified in the catalog (40 credits must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses).

  • B.A. option requires achieving 1002-level competency in an approved foreign language. See the catalog.
  • Literature requirement in core curriculum must include 4 credits from courses with a LIT prefix numbered 2000 or higher or SPA3325.
  • Biblical Worldview & Academic Disciplines requirement in core curriculum must include ENG4435 (WCE).
  • Recommended courses for general electives: JOU2061, PRL2085, and any upper-level JOU or LIT course.

Required Courses

42–46 cr
ENG2215Writer's Style2
ENG2216Writing of Poetry2
ENG2217Writing of Fiction2
ENG3125Advanced English Grammar: Syntax4
ENG3245Writing for Magazines2
ENG3246Writing for Organizations2
ENG3247Technical Writing2
ENG4435Writing Theory and Ethics (WCE) See Academic Disciplines requirement above.
ENG4855Senior Capstone: Writing [OCE]2
DES1031Introduction to Layout2
LIT2105Introduction to Literary Studies4
Upper-level course(s) with LIT prefix (may include Honors Literature)4
Select 12–14 credits from the following:
ENG2235Editing and Proofreading2
ENG2256Advanced Writing of Poetry2
ENG2257Advanced Writing of Fiction2
ENG3210Christianity and Writing2
ENG3219Autobiographical Writing2
ENG3248Grant Writing2
ENG3315Online Help Authoring2
ENG3316Writing for Ministry and Profit2
ENG3625Advanced Writers Workshop2
ENG3805Writing Topics2
CMC2241Beginning Web Design4
JOU2061Writing for Mass Media4
LIT CourseLIT2118 Multi-Ethnic American Literature
LIT2156 Contemporary Poetry
LIT2157 Contemporary Fiction
LIT3145 Non-Western Contemporary Literature
Select 2-4 credits in practicum courses:
ENG4615Literary Editing1
ENG4995Professional Experience1–4
JOU2625 or JOU4625Journalism Workshop1
JOU2626 or
Yearbook Workshop1
CMC2241Beginning Web Design4
Note: No one course can fulfull two categories.

English Electives

6–10 cr
Select from courses with ENG, LIT, or LTH prefix. (ENG1105, 1825, 2205 and 2825 are not options.)

Writing Minor

Required Courses

20 credits
ENG2215Writer's Style 2
18 additional credits from courses with ENG prefix (excluding ENG1105, 1825, 2205, 2825)

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"I did indeed feel prepared for graduate school. I was able to workshop creative writing and analyze literature better than a lot of my peers and had way more practical experience."

Lacy, alum who concentrated in writing

"My degree has been a springboard, launching me into a career in technical writing. When I came to Northwestern, I wasn't expecting to end up here. The skills and knowledge I gained as a student are tools that I still rely on today, and the knowledge base built during my college years has been a solid foundation, enabling me to specialize in the medical industry."

Carrie, alum who concentrated in writing