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About the CCPS Writing Major

The department of English at the College of Continuing Professional Studies offers a bachelors of science in writing. The writing major is designed to prepare students for personal creative development as well as for a wide range of professional careers. Students completing this innovative major, which places equal stress on creative and professional writing, not only will have acquired the technique necessary to write clearly and expressively, but will be poised to enter some of the most interesting careers open to writers: from book and magazine editors and writers to "information architects" on the web.

The writing major requires 30 hours of coursework distributed as shown below.

ENGL 207: Expository Writing 
ENGL 253: Grammar and Style 

In addition to Foundations, the writing major includes a combined minimum of 12 hours of Imaginative or Professional writing. Of those12 hours, at least 9 hours must be courses numbered 300 or above and chosen from the following lists.

Imaginative Writing
Choose 2 or more courses (at least one must be 300 level or above)

ENGL 266: Creative Writing I – Fiction
ENGL 267: Creative Writing I – Poetry 
ENGL 268: Creative Writing I – Nonfiction
ENGL 366: Creative Writing II – Fiction 
ENGL 367: Creative Writing II – Poetry
ENGL 368: Creative Writing II – Nonfiction

Professional Writing
Choose 2 or more courses (at least one must be 300 level or above)

COMM 220: Business Communication and Writing
ENGL 251: Editing and Publishing
ENGL 397: Practicum Writing Internship
ARTZ 210: Graphic Design I
COMM 221: Media Writing
ARTZ 310: Graphic Design II
LDST 400: Grant Writing

Students must choose nine hours of literature electives, including at least three hours of upper division.

ENGL Literature Electives


ENGL 493: Senior Seminar

General Education Courses

Students must take the following courses as part of general education requirements:

PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S.

Choose one of the following:

GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software
GSTU 210: Desktop Applications for PCs
GSTU 211: Desktop Applications for Macs