The Writing Major is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who want to make writing central to their career. The major prepares students for careers in writing-related fields—such as technical writing, publishing, social media consulting, and public relations—or graduate studies in rhetoric and composition, communication, creative writing, education, or law. By combining courses from the English and Communication Arts departments, the major gives students a comprehensive education in writing and rhetorical theory along with the techniques necessary to craft effective documents in multiple genres. All students take six core courses that instill a firm foundation in writing fundamentals and two electives that allow students to customize their education. Every student also chooses one of six concentrations: technical and professional writing, creative writing, media writing, rhetoric and composition, public relations, or a customized concentration created by the student in consultation with their advisor. The major also includes a capstone portfolio that allows students to revise documents that they can show to potential employers or graduate programs.


Spring 2019: Writing Courses

CRN 11022, EH 211 01: INTRO CREATIVE WRITING, MWF 11:20AM 12:15PM, Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Hazelwood
Students will discuss contemporary stories/poems and will participate in workshops, where their own poetry and fiction is examined and critiqued by the class and instructor. The class culminates in two revision portfolios (one fiction and one poetry).

CRN 12357, EH 211 02: INTRO CREATIVE WRITING, TR 02:40PM 04:00PM, Instructor: Lana Austin
Let’s dive into the wonder of language! In this class, you will focus primarily on reading and writing works of contemporary fiction and poetry, but you will also touch upon creative non-fiction and playwrighting, too, as all these genres feature the same building blocks: marvelous words and how to wield them in fantastic new ways. Expanding upon craft basics (learning the lexicon of creative writing that encompasses everything from prosody to prose techniques), you will also explore ways to face your fear of the blank page with innovative (and fun!) writing prompts. You’ll learn how to workshop in a manner that is both empathetic and constructive. Ultimately, you’ll utilize all of these experiences to grow as a creative writer, resulting in a portfolio overflowing with original work that is evocative, truthful, and hopefully just the beginning of your creative writing journey.

CRN 11080, EH 410/510 01: FICTION WRITING, M 05:50PM 08:40PM, Instructor: Anna Weber
CRN 11086, EH 410/510 02: FICTION WRITING, MW 01:00PM 02:20PM, Instructor: Anna Weber
Practice in writing fiction from conception to revision. Students will read and write contemporary literary fiction. Student work will be commented on and critiqued in regular class workshops. The class culminates in a revision portfolio.

CRN 11103, EH 454/554 01: NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC, TR 04:20PM 05:40PM, Instructor: Dr. Michael McGinnis
In this course, we will engage new media rhetorics as both an object of scholarly study and as models of rhetorical production. To these ends, the course is divided into two parts. In the first part of the course, we will engage scholarship in new media and digital rhetoric to better understand the research methods, approaches, and subjects of the field; students will apply these methods to a study of an online community of their choice. In the second part of the course, we will take a closer look at the rhetorical practices of online communities and platforms and use those rhetorics to create digital-native texts. Major texts for this course will include Brooke, Lingua Fracta; Milner, The World Made Meme; Eyman, Digital Rhetoric: Theory, Method, Practice; Rice, Digital Detroit; these texts will supplemented with articles and chapters supplied by the instructor.

CRN 11100, EH 463 01: CAPSTONE IN WRITING (2.0 credit hours), T 02:40PM 04:40PM, Instructor: Dr. Alanna Frost
A senior capstone course for the Writing BA for which students will complete a portfolio of their writing. Portfolios will include reflection on and revision to selected samples of course-participants' writing and a scholarly project completed for the capstone course. Prerequisites: EH 260.


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CRN 12369, EH 552 01: USER-CENTERED DESIGN, M 06:00PM 08:40PM, Instructor: Dr. Candice Lanius
User Centered Design provides a comprehensive introduction to User Experience (UX) design and orients students to important design concepts and practices employed early in the UX lifecycle. By reading design theory and reflecting on course concepts in written responses and sketching assignments, students will learn the importance of reflection and conceptual brainstorming early in the user experience design workflow. The course covers the key concepts of ideation, design paradigms, affordances, ethics, participatory design, contextual inquiry, embodied interaction, emotion, ubiquitous interaction, and design requirements. Lectures will be discussion based with readings, short responses, and sketching assignments. Class will culminate with a final conceptual design presentation and report documenting the process and requirements for the user’s experience. Students will leave the course understanding the value of user experience design, able to holistically address interactions, and prepared to brainstorm solutions to emerging problems within a user experience and share their ideas with both expert and non-expert audiences.

For more information, contact the English Department at or 256.824.6320.