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2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Writing BA

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Especially designed for future writers, the writing major offers a wide range of intensive writing experiences combining such areas as rhetoric, professional, general and creative writing.

Requirements for the English Writing Major

Students majoring in writing must present a total of 39 hours for the major (excluding ENGL 1010, 1020 and 2030), of which 27 hours must be earned in upper-division courses. None of the required 39 hours may be taken on a pass/fail basis. Only courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or above may be counted toward the major. At least 15 upper-division hours of the student’s work in writing must be taken from English faculty on the Downtown Campus. Students planning to major in writing should consult with an advisor as soon as possible. This major is also available online.

Total: 21 Hours

Advanced Course Work

Students pursuing a general writing degree may choose from all writing courses listed. Students pursuing a concentration in professional writing or teaching English as a second language must complete at least 9 hours in those areas.

Professional Writing Concentration

Choose at least three:

Teaching English as a Second Language Concentration

Choose at least three:

Total Advanced Course Work: 9-15 Hours

* Repeatable when title/content differ.


Students may opt to replace two of the five required “advanced course work” courses with other English 3000-4000 level courses (writing, literature, film, creative writing) and/or approved writing courses from other departments.

Total: 0-6 Hours

Senior Capstone in Writing

Senior Writing Project in Creative Writing or Film Studies (ENGL 4990) and Senior Writing Project (ENGL 4995) are not courses per se, but rather independent studies in which the student undertakes a major writing project under the supervision of Downtown Campus English faculty. The student chooses the topic while the project supervisor helps refine it, guides the research, reviews and comments on student’s drafts and grades the final product. The project may derive from study in a particular course or it may be based on a topic of interest which does not stem from course work. Forms are available in the English department office and must be signed by the supervising faculty member.

Choose one of the following courses:

Major Total: 39 Hours

Additional courses, total not to exceed 48 hours (any level).


College Core Courses for English Writing Majors

Students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences core curriculum requirements as specified in the CLAS Core Curriculum/Graduation Requirements  chart. Check the Web Schedule Planner for specific course offerings.


Elective hours may be selected at the student’s discretion, but students are urged to work with their advisor in outlining a program in which electives and requirements support each other. Up to 6 hours earned in the cooperative education program may be counted toward the major.


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