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Writing Studies Degree Requirements

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The BA in Writing Studies curriculum consists of 120 credits (40 courses). Students can transfer up to 90 credits, which can include credit for life experience determined through a Prior Learning Assessment.

Writing Studies Major Requirements (30 credits required)

Business Writing is designed for students from a range of majors to learn the necessary rhetorical and research skills needed for their professional careers. Assignments will include business letters, memos, reports, proposals, and collaborative projects. The subject-centered focus of the course will vary each semester at the instructor’s discretion. 
A survey of Colonial, Romantic, and Regional American writing with an emphasis on Franklin, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Jewett, Freeman among others. (3 credits)
A survey of Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism in fiction, especially James, Gilman, Chopin, Stephen Crane, Robinson, Fitzgerald, and Eliot. (3 credits)
Choose from any 300-400 level literature or writing course
Writing Studies Major Electives ( 15 credits required) Credits

Students will be allowed to complete up to 12 credits (4 courses) of graduate level Publishing or Creative Writing coursework towards the Writing Studies Major Elective requirements.

Select any Literature/Writing/Publishing/ CRW course 3
Select any Literature/Writing/Publishing/ CRW course 3
Select any Literature/Writing/Publishing/ CRW course 3
Select any Literature/Writing/Publishing/ CRW course 3
Select any Literature/Writing 3

General Electives (33 credits)

The program allows for 11 elective courses, allowing students opportunities to further customize their learning. This also allows flexibility for those transferring in previous credits that may not map to the core, focus, or general education curriculum.

General Education (42 credits)

In addition to meeting the course requirements and electives listed above, all students must also fulfill 42 credits of General Education requirements. These include courses in writing, humanities, science, and multiculturalism. These courses reflect Rosemont’s approach to a liberal arts education. Click here to see General Education requirements.