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. 

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

Prerequisite 'Seminar in Composition' Options
  • 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. 

Writing Major Requirements – Nonfiction Track

Total Credits: 33 Required Credits

English Writing Core Courses

12 Required Credits Total

  • ENGWRT 0610 – Intro to Journalism & Nonfiction
  • ENGWRT 1330 – Intermediate Nonfiction
  • ENGWRT 1390 – Readings in Contemporary Nonfiction
  • ENGWRT 1750 – Senior Seminar in Nonfiction
English: Composition, Film, or Literature Elective Course (ENGCMP, ENGFLM, or ENGLIT)

12 Required Credits Total – At least one English: Composition, Film, or Literature Elective Course must be at the 1000 level or higher.

  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective, 1000 Level+
English Writing Elective Courses (ENGWRT)

9 Required Credits Total

  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective
  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective
  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective

 

Writing Major Requirements – Fiction Track

Total Credits: 33 Required Credits

English Writing Core Courses

12 Required Credits Total

  • ENGWRT 0520 – Intro to Fiction Writing
  • ENGWRT 1010 – Intermediate Fiction
  • ENGWRT 1094 – Readings in Contemporary Fiction
  • ENGWRT 1710 – Senior Seminar in Fiction
English: Composition, Film, or Literature Elective Course (ENGCMP, ENGFLM, or ENGLIT)

12 Required Credits Total – At least one English: Composition, Film, or Literature Elective Course must be at the 1000 level or higher.

  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective, 1000 Level+
English Writing Elective Courses (ENGWRT)

9 Required Credits Total

  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective
  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective
  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective

 

Writing Major Requirements – Poetry Track

Total Credits: 33 Required Credits

English Writing Core Courses

12 Required Credits Total

  • ENGWRT 0530 – Intro to Poetry Writing
  • ENGWRT 1210 – Poetry Workshop
  • ENGWRT 1290 – Readings in Contemporary Poetry
  • ENGWRT 1730 – Senior Seminar in Poetry
English: Composition, Film, or Literature Elective Course (ENGCMP, ENGFLM, or ENGLIT)

12 Required Credits Total – At least one English: Composition, Film, or Literature Elective Course must be at the 1000 level or higher.

  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective
  • ENGCMP/ENGFLM/ENGLIT XXXX – Elective, 1000 Level+
English Writing Elective Courses (ENGWRT)

9 Required Credits Total

  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective
  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective
  • ENGWRT XXXX - Elective

 

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 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.