In addition to meeting the core requirements of the English major, students pursuing a degree in English with a Writing Emphasis take courses, taught by skilled writers, aimed at developing and honing their own skills in creating original fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction.
As seniors, under faculty guidance, English with a Writing Emphasis majors develop portfolios of writing in a chosen genre or genres. Each portfolio includes an introductory essay which discusses genre, influences, and other contexts of the student’s work. The student presents a selection from the portfolio at the English Department reading which takes place toward the end of the each semester.
Majors in both English and English with a Writing Emphasis develop a breadth and depth of knowledge that prepares them for careers in editing; creative, technical, and multi-media writing; education; marketing/advertising; public relations; and a host of other areas.
Department of Literature and Languages offers evening bachelor's degrees for working adults. Start or complete your bachelor's degree by attending evening classes. Learn about Adult Degree Completion BA in English with a Writing Emphasis.
The minor in Writing, with its emphasis on careful analysis and clear writing, is a valuable complement to majors in any discipline; it prepares students for further study and for employment in fields such as politics, education, environmental studies, marketing, editing, public relations, and law.