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Sample Schedule: Writing Studies, BA (124 Semester Hours)


Below is a typical schedule for eight semesters. This should be considered only a general guide, not a rigid schedule. Students should consult with their advisers to plot out the best path given their interests and academic strengths. This sample course sequence is intended to help you plan, but you must check your degree audit every semester to track your progress toward satisfying all of your degree requirements. The semester hours (S.H.) are noted for each term. 

FIRST-YEAR

Fall

S.H.

Spring

S.H.

WSC 001 - Composition  

3

WSC 110 - The Art of the Essay: Advanced Composition  

3

RHET 001 - (CP) Oral Communication  

3

Students must select one of the following: Literature (LT)

or Appreciation and Analysis (AA) Distribution Course  

3

Students must select one of the following: Behavioral Social Sciences (BH)

or History, Philosophy, Religion (HP) Distribution Course  

3

Literature (LT) Distribution Course  

3

Foreign Language Course

3

Foreign Language Course

3

Liberal Arts Elective Course

3

Natural Science (NS) Distribution Course  

3

Total Semester Hours

15

Total Semester Hours

15



SECOND-YEAR

Fall

S.H.

Spring

S.H.

WSC 104 - Introduction to Writing Studies  

3

WSC 119 - (CC) Strategies of Writing Against Power and Oppression  

3

WSC 120 - (AA) Public Writing, Private Lives  

3

WSC 101 - Practicum in Writing Center Pedagogy  

3

Math (MA) Distribution Course  

3

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) Distribution Course  

3

Students must select one of the following: Behavioral Social Sciences (BH)

or History, Philosophy, Religion (HP) Distribution Course   

3

Cross-Cultural (CC) Distribution Course   

3

Foreign Language Course

3

Writing Intensive (WI) Course

3

Total Semester Hours

15

Total Semester Hours

15


 

THIRD-YEAR 
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Fall

S.H.

Spring

S.H.

Students must select one of the following: WSC 102 - Grammar for Writers  or WSC 103 - (AA) Words and Meanings  or WSC Elective Course

3

Students must select one of the following: WSC 106 - History of the English Language  or WSC 132 - (AA) Communicating Science in Popular Culture  ​or WSC Elective Course

3

Students must select one of the following: WSC 030 - Writing for Work and the World  or WSC 050 - Scientific Writing  or WSC Elective Course

3

History, Philosophy, Religion (HP) Distribution Course  

3

Students must select one of the following: Natural Science (NS) or Math (MA) Distribution Course   

3

Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course

3

Writing Intensive (WI) Course

3

Students must select one of the following: WSC 030 - Writing for Work and the World  or WSC 050 - Scientific Writing  or WSC Elective Course

3

Students must select one of the following: WSC 135 - Communities and Literacies  or WSC 123 - (AA) Writing the Past in the Present: Nostalgia Through Humor and Mourning  

3

Students must select one of the following: WSC 102 - Grammar for Writers  or WSC 103 - (AA) Words and Meanings  or WSC Elective Course

3

Total Semester Hours

15

Total Semester Hours

15


 

FOURTH-YEAR

Fall

S.H.

Spring

S.H.

Students must select one of the following: WSC 124 - (CP) Digital Compositions  or WSC 125 - (AA) Memes and Trolls  or WSC Elective Course

3

Students must select one of the following: WSC 124 - (CP) Digital Compositions  or WSC 125 - (AA) Memes and Trolls  or WSC Elective Course

3

Students must select one of the following: WSC 025 - (AA) Writing and the Law  or WSC Elective Course

3

Behavioral Social Sciences (BH) Distribution Course  

3

Students must select one of the following: WSC 106 - History of the English Language  or WSC 132 - (AA) Communicating Science in Popular Culture  ​or WSC Elective Course

3

Liberal Arts Elective Course

3

Liberal Arts Elective Course

3

Elective Course

3

Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course

3

Students must select one of the following: Literature (LT) or Appreciation and Analysis (AA) or Creative Participation (CP) Distribution Course 

 

3

Liberal Arts Elective Course

1

 

3

Total Semester Hours

16

Total Semester Hours

15

Program Total

124

 

Updated January 2023

NOTES

* You are not required to take Summer or January courses (for which there is no financial aid). You can complete your degree of 124 credits taking five 3-credit courses every semester, including thirty credits of Writing Studies classes.

* WSC 001 and WSC 002 fulfill a separate university requirement for graduation and do not count towards completion of the Writing Studies major.

* WSC 110, however, does fulfill both the University’s second-semester composition requirement and the major in Writing Studies.

* WSC 104 satisfies the requirement for Area 1, Introduction to the Field, and is required of all majors.  WSC 104 can be taken at any time, but it is recommended that students complete it as early as possible.

* Some Writing Studies & Rhetoric courses (AP/IB/Transfer) taken prior to Hofstra can count toward the major.

* Non-Writing Studies & Rhetoric courses taken prior to your first year can count toward general education requirements or elective credits, whether taken at Hofstra or elsewhere. 

* The Department strongly encourages study of a foreign language beyond Level 3.

* Students are encouraged to consider a minor or double major another discipline.  The Writing Studies major complements all fields of study.

*The last 30 credits must be taken in residence