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

Writing Minor

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. 

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 a professional or creative pathway, 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, and 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.

What students are saying

"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. 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

Call or email us with questions about writing:

Lynae Wingate
Office Coordinator
651-286-7460
ltwingate@unwsp.edu

 

Degree Requirements

The degree is granted upon completion of 125 credits as specified on pages 42–43 (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 credits

  • ENG2215 – Writer's Style – 2 credits
  • ENG2216 – Writing of Poetry – 2 credits
  • ENG2217 – Writing of Fiction – 2 credits
  • ENG3125 – Advanced English Grammar: Syntax – 4 credits
  • ENG3246 – Writing for Organizations – 2 credits
  • ENG3247 – Technical Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG4435 – Writing Theory and Ethics (WCE)*
  • ENG4855 – Senior Capstone: Writing (OCE)* – 2 credits
  • ENG4855 – Senior Capstone: Professional Writing (OCE)* – 2 credits
  • LIT2105 – Literary Studies – 4 credits

Upper-level course(s) with LIT prefix (may include Honors Literature) – 4 credits

Select 16–18 credits from the following:

  • ENG2235 – Editing and Proofreading – 2 credits
  • ENG2256 – Advanced Writing of Poetry – 2 credits
  • ENG2257 – Advanced Writing of Fiction – 2 credits
  • ENG3210 – Christianity and Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3219 – Autobiographical Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3245 – Writing for Magazines – 2 credits
  • ENG3248 – Grant Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3249 – Social Media Marketing – 2 credits
  • ENG3315 – Online Help Authoring – 2 credits
  • ENG3316 – Freelance Copywriting – 2 credits
  • ENG3625 – Advanced Writers Workshop – 2 credits
  • ENG3805 – Writing Topics – 2 credits
  • JOU2061 – Writing for Mass Media – 4 credits

LIT Course – 2-4 credits

  • LIT2156 – Contemporary Poetry
  • LIT2157 – Contemporary Fiction
  • LIT3145 – Non-Western Contemporary Literature
  • WMC3055 – Writing for the Web – 2 credits

Select 2-4 credits in practicum courses:

  • ENG4615 – Literary Editing –1 credit
  • ENG4995 – Professional Experience – 1–4 credits
  • JOU2625 or JOU4625 – Journalism Workshop –1 credit

No one course can fulfill two categories.

English Electives – 6–10 credits

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

Writing Minor

Required Courses – 20 credits

  • ENG2215 – Writer's Style – 2 credits

18 additional credits from courses with ENG prefix (excluding ENG1105, 1825, 2205, 2825)

*WCE= Written Communication Emphasis; OCE = Oral Communication Emphasis. See the catalog for explanation and prerequisites.