May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Writing Studies, BA Major in

The BA major in Writing Studies focuses on the way writing works to make meaning and to persuade, with emphasis on the following areas of study:  Professional Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, and Digital Rhetoric. The Writing Studies major provides instruction in effective composition for both academic and professional settings. Students can engage in primary undergraduate research, internships, and/or writing center experience. To this end, students will create written texts and may craft multimedia productions that incorporate image, sound, and video.  

The Writing Studies major easily complements a variety of other majors, preparing students for careers that value clear and effective communication skills. Students with a major in Writing Studies will also be well equipped for graduate or professional study in fields such as business, law, education, and other writing-intensive disciplines.

Program Requirements

The BA major in Writing Studies consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours in areas 1-4 below.

  1. Students must complete all course work in area 1 (WSC 104 : Introduction to Writing Studies) and take at least 3 credit hours from areas 2, 3, and 4.
  2. No more than 9 semester hours may be earned in Rhetoric (RHET).
  3. A grade of C- or above is required for the course to count toward the major.
WSC 001  and 002  may not count toward the Writing Studies major or minor.

Area 1: Introduction to the Field

​Take all courses in area 1.  The department advises that WSC 104 be taken as early as possible in the student’s course of study.

Area 4: Digital Rhetoric

Take at least 3 credits from Area 4.

Complete BA Requirements

BA Requirements  in HCLAS.

Recommended Program Sequence - Total Hours: 124