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


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 cr
ENG2215 Writer's Style 2
ENG2216 Writing of Poetry 2
ENG2217 Writing of Fiction 2
ENG3125 Advanced English Grammar: Syntax 4
ENG3246 Writing for Organizations 2
ENG3247 Technical Writing 2
ENG4435 Writing Theory and Ethics [WCE] See Academic Disciplines requirement above.
ENG4855 Senior Capstone: Writing [OCE] 2
ENG4855 Senior Capstone: Prefessional Writing [OCE] 2
LIT2105 Literary Studies 4
Upper-level course(s) with LIT prefix (may include Honors Literature) 4
Select 16–18 credits from the following:
ENG2235 Editing and Proofreading 2
ENG2256 Advanced Writing of Poetry 2
ENG2257 Advanced Writing of Fiction 2
ENG3210 Christianity and Writing 2
ENG3219 Autobiographical Writing 2
ENG3245 Writing for Magazines 2
ENG3248 Grant Writing 2
ENG3249 Social Media Marketing 2
ENG3315 Online Help Authoring 2
ENG3316 Freelance Copywriting 2
ENG3625 Advanced Writers Workshop 2
ENG3805 Writing Topics 2
JOU2061 Writing for Mass Media 4
LIT Course LIT2156 Contemporary Poetry
LIT2157 Contemporary Fiction
LIT3145 Non-Western Contemporary Literature
WMC3055 Writing for the Web 2
Select 2-4 credits in practicum courses:
ENG4615 Literary Editing 1
ENG4995 Professional Experience 1–4
JOU2625 or JOU4625 Journalism Workshop 1
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 cr
ENG2215 Writer's Style  2
18 additional credits from courses with ENG prefix (excluding ENG1105, 1825, 2205, 2825)