University of Pittsburgh

undergraduate

Writing Major Requirements

The English writing major requires the completion of 33 credits: 21 credits in English writing courses, and 12 credits in English literature courses. Students are encouraged to take additional writing and literature courses beyond the required minimum. Courses in film studies; gender, sexuality, and women's studies; business and technical writing are particularly useful for English writing majors.

Prerequisites

The Seminar in Composition requirement must be completed prior to enrollment in any ENGWRT course. A Seminar in Composition course can be selected form the following list

ENGCMP 0200 Seminar in Composition
ENGCMP 0203 Seminar in Composition: Women’s Studies
ENGCMP 0205 Seminar in Composition: Film
ENGCMP 0207 Seminar in Composition: Education
ENGCMP 0208 Seminar in Composition: Service Learning
FP 0003 / FP 0006 Freshman Seminar

Tracks

Majors must choose a concentration in at least one of the three tracks – Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction. In most cases, the student will take other writing courses as well.

Each track consists of three levels of courses. The introductory courses (0500s) offer a broad introduction to the skills required of writers in that area and generally should be taken no later than the second terms of the sophomore year. The intermediate courses (1000s for Fiction, 1200s for Poetry, 1300s for Nonfiction) refine and develop those skills. The senior seminars (1700s) provide a capstone experience for the student writer.

Fiction Track

Course # Title
ENGWRT 0520 Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENGWRT 1010 Intermediate Fiction
ENGWRT 1094 Readings in Contemporary Fiction
ENGWRT 1710 Senior Seminar in Fiction
Elective
  Elective
  Elective

Poetry Track

Course # Title
ENGWRT 0530 Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGWRT 1210 Poetry Workshop
ENGWRT 1290 Readings in Contemporary Poetry
ENGWRT 1730 Senior Seminar in Poetry
Elective
  Elective
  Elective

Nonfiction Track

Course # Title
ENGWRT 0610 Introduction to Nonfiction (ENGWRT 0550 Introduction to Journalism may substitute for 0610
ENGWRT 1330 Intermediate Nonfiction: Scene and Point of View
ENGWRT 1390 Readings in Contemporary Nonfiction
ENGWRT 1750 Senior Seminar in Nonfiction
Elective
Elective
  Elective

Note on electives: ENGWRT 0400 may be taken as an elective for the English writing major prior to taking ENGWRT 0520 or ENGWRT 0530. ENGWRT 0411 may be taken as an elective prior to taking ENGWRT 1330.

Core Literature Requirement

Fiction Track

Course # Title
ENGLIT 0325 Short Story in Context
  Elective
  Elective
  Elective (1000 level)

Poetry Track

Course # Title
ENGLIT 0315 Reading Poetry
  Elective
  Elective
  Elective (1000 level)

Nonfiction

Course # Title
ENGLIT 0321 or ENGLIT 0399 Forms of Prose or Narrative and Technology
  Elective
       Elective
Elective (1000 level)

Grade Requirements

A minimum grade of C or better (not C-) is required in any 0500-level ENGWRT course to advance to the first 1000-level course in that track.  Students who earn less than a C in their first 1000-level course may not advance to the other courses in that track. Moreover, students must earn a minimum grade of C or better (not C-) in their Senior Seminar or Internship course.

Satisfactory/No Credit Option

There is no limit on the number of courses in the major that can be taken on an S/NC basis.

Writing (W) Requirement

English writing majors automatically fulfill both of the Arts and Sciences W-course requirements. Students pursuing a second major would be required to complete an additional W course for that major.

Related Area

A minimum of 12 credits is required in any one Dietrich School department chosen in consultation with the major advisor. The completion of an official Arts and Sciences minor or an Arts and Sciences or UCIS certificate also satisfies this requirement.

Revised 02/26/2017
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