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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Writing

Writing minor

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Program Overview

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:

  • reflect critically on issues of textual representation in a diverse set of texts from literary classics to contemporary film, from the Anglo-Saxon canon to postcolonial and feminist expansions of that canon;
  • reflect on habits of reading and writing and be able to identify their strengths and limitations in particular contexts;
  • use a wide range of styles and approaches in their writing;
  • understand the interrelated nature of writing, reading, thinking and creating;
  • read a text with close attention to its many facets;
  • understand past, present and potential approaches to English studies and its relationship to other academic disciplines;
  • be aware of a variety of aesthetic, political, material and social contexts for and approaches to English studies.

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.

B.A. Degree Requirements

The Writing major requires 36 credits: 18 at the lower division and 18 at the upper division. The Writing major allows for 6 credits of electives that must be 100-level courses. At least 18 credits of the required 36 must be 100-level courses. An English course may be used only once to fulfill a particular major requirement. (ENG 054, for instance, may fulfill either Genres or Historicity, but not both.) Transfer students majoring in Writing must take at least 18 credits of English at Drake.

Course Credits
Lower Division Core
Gateway 6
ENG 038 - Literary Study (should be taken first or second year) 3
ENG 039 - Writing Seminar (should be taken first or second year) 3
History and Traditions 3
Any ENG course numbered 040-059  
Culture and Identity 3
Any ENG course numbered 060-079  
Writing: Topics and Genres 3
Any ENG course numbered 080-099  
Upper Division - Students must have completed at least 30 hours (including no more than 15 A.P./I.B./high-school transfer hours) and at least 3 hours of the lower division core or received special permission from the instructor to register for upper division courses.  Specific prerequisites may be required for some courses.
Writing Courses
ENG 109 - Prose Stylistics 3
ENG 111 - Reading/Writing Personal Essay 3
ENG 112 - Autobiography and Memoir 3
ENG 113 - Cross-Genre Writing 3
ENG 114 - Advanced Poetry Writing 3
ENG 115 - Advanced Fiction Writing 3
ENG 116 - Creative Writing for New Media 3
ENG 120 - Advanced Topics in Writing 3
ENG 171 - Teaching Writing 3
ENG 172 - Teaching Tutorial Writing 3
Electives - At least six hours earned in courses numbered ENG 100 and higher.  Courses may be taken outside of the department with advisor approval.  Up to six individual experience hours (internship, independent study, portfolio) may be counted as electives.
Capstone - students must have completed ENG 038 and ENG 039 and have junior or senior standing to register for the capstone
ENG 195 - Capstone in English and Writing, or
ENG 196 - Capstone in Writing
Total 36

Writing Minor

Minimum of 18 credits in English, including ENG 038 - Literary Study, ENG 039 - Writing Seminar, and one from each of the two columns in the writing core.  An English faculty adviser is required.

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