Writing Major — B.A.

Writing majors may complete a general degree in writing or they may declare a formal concentration in creative writing, nonfiction, feature writing, or professional writing. Concentrations, if elected, must be declared by the end of the first semester of the senior year. Requirements for concentrations may overlap with writing electives.

Summary

Writing B.A. Major Requirements42
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 129-41
Electives37-49
Total Credits120
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 See Integrative Core Curriculum requirements, with information about the H&S CLA requirement.

Degree Requirements 

REQUIRED COURSES
WRTG 16500Introduction to the Essay3
WRTG 17500Introduction to Creative Writing3
WRTG 20100Argument3
WRTG 22500Grammar and Usage3
WRTG 20500Personal Essay3
or WRTG 23200 Creative Nonfiction
Select one of the following: 13
Writing for the Professions
Public Essay
Fiction Writing II
Poetry Writing II
WRTG 36000Language, Literacy, and Writing Studies3
or WRTG 36500 Poetics
ADVANCED STUDY IN WRITING
WRTG 41000Senior Project3
OR - One additional level 3 or 4 WRTG course (excluding WRTG 42000, WRTG 45000, WRTG 498xx, and WRTIG 49900)
WRTG 41500Senior Seminar3
WRITING ELECTIVES OR OPTIONAL CONCENTRATION15
Students may complete the degree by selecting open electives for a general degree, or a set of restricted electives in one of the optional concentrations (see below for details).
Total Credits42
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Note that WRTG 31100WRTG 33600WRTG 33800, and WRTG 36500 have prerequisites beyond those specified for the major. 

GENERAL DEGREE IN WRITING
WRTG xxxxxWriting electives at level 2 or above; at least 9 credits must be at level 3 or above.
CREATIVE WRITING CONCENTRATION
Required courses
Fiction Writing I: Short Story
Poetry Writing I
Fiction Writing II
Poetry Writing II
Select six credits from the following:
Autobiography
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
Women and Writing
Writing Children's Literature
Humorous Writing
Fiction Writing II
Poetry Writing II
Selected Topics in Creative Writing
Selected Topics: Creative Writing
Visiting Writers' Workshop (may be taken three times for credit)
Writing the Short Novel
WRTG 450xx
Internship: Writing (a maximum of 3 credits may count towards this requirement)
NONFICTION CONCENTRATION
Required courses
Creative Nonfiction
Public Essay
Select nine credits from the following:
Personal Essay
Autobiography
Women and Writing
Science Writing
Writing from Cultural Experience
Writing as a Naturalist
Feature Writing
Humorous Writing
Magazine Writing
Writing about Sports
Writing as a Critic
Selected Topics in Expository Writing
Selected Topics: Expository Writing
Visiting Writers' Workshop (may be taken three times for credit)
Apprenticeship
WRTG 450xx
Internship: Writing (a maximum of 3 credits may count towards this requirement)
FEATURE WRITING CONCENTRATION
Required courses
Creative Nonfiction
Public Essay
Feature Writing
Select six credits from the following:
Writing for the Workplace
Science Writing
Writing as a Naturalist
Magazine Writing
Writing about Sports
Writing as a Critic
WRTG 450xx
Internship: Writing (a maximum of 3 credits may count towards this requirement)
PROFESSIONAL WRITING CONCENTRATION
Required courses
Writing for the Workplace
Writing for the Professions
Select nine credits from the following:
Technical Writing
Science Writing
Proposal and Grant Writing
WRTG 450xx
Internship: Writing (a maximum of 3 credits may count towards this requirement)