Bachelor of Arts with a major in writing.
The program in writing is committed to establishing a habit of lifelong learning that emphasizes the relationship of reading, writing and critical thinking. Undergraduate writing majors will be able to:
Courses involve students in a range of activities, including discussions (in class and online), collaborative projects, conferences, presentations, independent study, internships and service learning.
The English Department is committed to supporting interdisciplinary programs and encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary concentrations, second majors and/or minors. A number of the Department's courses are cross-listed with interdisciplinary programs, facilitating such study. In addition, the Writing major permits students to include related courses taken outside the Department for credit toward their program of study, subject to approval by the student’s English Department adviser.
Our graduates pursue professional careers in such fields as professional writing, editing, advertising, publishing, education, management, computers, public relations and public service, or pursue post-baccalaureate study in English studies, law school or medical school. Students contemplating graduate study should confer with their advisers about special preparation and should be aware that many graduate schools typically expect proof of competence in foreign languages.
Each student, in regular consultation with a department adviser, works out an individual program to complete 36 credit hours offered by the English Department (or advisor-approved courses outside English). Asterisked numbers indicate topic courses that can fulfill a requirement when the topic is appropriate to that requirement. An English course may be used only once to fulfill a particular major requirement. Three credits toward the major (at the 20-99 level) are given for Advanced Placement. Transfer students must take a minimum of 18 credit hours in the Drake English Department.
Core Courses (9 credits)
Writing Core (12 credits)
Area of Interest (12 elective credits)
Capstone (3 hours)
Minimum of 18 credit hours in English, including ENG 60, ENG 61, and one from each of the two columns in the writing core. An English faculty adviser is required.
May 1 - Enrollment deadline for first-year students
August 4-8 - Iowa Private College Week