The English Major with Writing Concentration (40 hours) includes a strong literature component along with a focus on writing. Writing Concentration majors acquire a knowledge of different writing genres, study both the craft and theory of writing, and explore and practice selected modes in greater depth. In addition to critiquing and critically reading poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, students will learn skills to edit various genres; advanced courses include training and guidance on the publishing process. As part of the program, writing majors are expected to complete a professional portfolio of their writing. The Writing Concentration also challenges students to explore how their faith informs their writing and to be aware of professional issues in writing as they relate to their own aesthetic and moral development as Christians.

The English Major with a Writing Concentration requires a minimum of 40 hours, but students may count up to 52 hours in English toward graduation. Additional hours are encouraged for students planning graduate work.

Foundational Courses:12
ENGL 155Reading Writers: Introduction to Literary Studies4
or ENGL 156 Reading Writers: Introduction to Literary Studies (Shakespeare)
or any 100-level ENGL course with an LE tag
ENGL 215Classical and Early British Literature4
ENGL 221Contemporary Literary Conversations4
Historical Context and Deeper Focus Courses:12
Select courses from 3 different categories (4 credits in each category chosen)
Pre-18th century
ENGL 329Old English Language and Literature4
ENGL 331Medieval Literature4
ENGL 336The English Renaissance4
ENGL 337Seventeenth-Century English Literature4
18th and 19th centuries
ENGL 338Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature4
ENGL 34118th- and 19th-Century American Literature4
ENGL 352Transatlantic Crossroads in Modern Literature4
ENGL 355The Romantic Period4
ENGL 361Victorian Literature4
20th and 21st centuries
ENGL 342American Modernism/Global Modernism4
ENGL 343American Literature after 19454
ENGL 344Diverse Traditions in 20th- and 21st-Century American Literature4
ENGL 364British Modernism: 1900-19394
ENGL 365British Literature after 19394
ENGL 366British Black and Asian Literature4
ENGL 367Postcolonial Literature 4
ENGL 371Modern European Literature4
ENGL 421Studies in Literary Genre4
ENGL 422Romance4
ENGL 423World Drama4
ENGL 424Science Fiction2
ENGL 425Fairy Tales2
ENGL 426Children's Literature4
ENGL 427Young Adult Literature4
ENGL 428Magical Realist Literature and Film4
ENGL 431Christianity and Fantasy4
ENGL 436Modern Drama4
ENGL 415The Archaeology of Texts: Bibliographical Investigations4
ENGL 433Varied Literary Topics2,4
ENGL 434Modern Literary Theory4
ENGL 435History of Literary Criticism4
ENGL 442History of the English Language2
ENGL 444Christianity and Crime4
ENGL 445Literature and Place2
ENGL 446Advanced Research and Writing4
ENGL 447Reading and Writing about Theater4
ENGW 471Teaching Writing4
ENGL 446Advanced Research and Writing4
ENGL 461Selected Authors2
ENGL 462Selected Authors4
ENGL 463Shakespeare4
ENGL 466Jane Austen in Her Time and Ours4
ENGL 469C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien4
ENGL 471Emily Dickinson2
ENGL 472Herman Melville4
ENGL 473Louisa May Alcott2
ENGL 474T.S. Eliot2
ENGL 475William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens2
ENGL 476Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes2
ENGL 477Flannery O'Connor2
ENGL 478James Baldwin2
ENGL 481Cormac McCarthy2
ENGL 482David Foster Wallace4
ENGL 483Achebe and Adichie4
ENGL 485Studies in Wade Center/Special Collections Authors2
ENGL 486Studies in Wade Center/Special Collections Authors4
Writing Concentration16
Prerequisite: ENGW 103 or the equivalent. Please consult Academic Advising if you have questions regarding the general education writing requirement.
Foundational Courses4
Creative Writing (Prerequisite for Upper-Level Creative Writing Courses)
Persuasive Writing (Prerequisite for Upper-Level Creative Writing Courses)
Upper-Level Writing Courses4-8
Creative Non-Fiction
Writing for Social Change
Poetry Writing and Criticism
Fiction Writing and Criticism
Teaching Writing
Special Topics (ENGW 444) and/or Writing Projects (ENGW 495)2-4
Open to Writing Concentration students or with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: completion of at least one 200 level writing course (2-4 hours), unless specified by the instructor.
Writing for Social Change
Topics offered may include: Memoir, Flash Fiction, Novel Writing, Writing Longer Narrative Forms, Lyric, Travel Writing, Writing about Culture, Non-fiction for Publication.
Writing Projects
Senior Seminar in Writing
Optional Elective
Writing Internship
Total Credits40