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B.A. in English: Writing Major

Contact Person:
Donald McNutt, Department Chair
118 Morey, (315) 267-2043
mcnuttdj@potsdam.edu

30-32 credit hours.

The Writing Major deepens capacity for thought and prepares students to reach audiences through artful and purposeful use of the written word. Courses focus on rhetoric, creativity, and professional practice while introducing students to common forms in a variety of contexts. This liberal arts program encourages students to read widely, to complete
internships, and to consider a double major/minor.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Gateway Courses (Credits 8)
COMP 201 Writing Arguments (4 credits)
COMP 301 Advanced Research Writing (4 credits)

Applied Writing: select three (Credits 9-12)
Note: One of the three required applied writing courses can be replaced with a language, literature, or theory course.
COMP 304 Technical Writing (4 credits)
COMP 305 Editing and Revising (4 credits)
COMP 307 Creative Nonfiction Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 311 Writing in a Digital Age (4 credits)
COMP 312 Writing in New Media (4 credits)
COMP 316 Magazine Article Writing (4 credits)
COMP 318 Writing for the Arts (4 credits)
COMP 321 Writing about the Environment (4 credits)
COMP 322 Grant Writing (4 credits)
COMP 395, 495 Special Topics (Applied Writing) (4 credits)
COMM 308 Writing for Mass Communication
COMM 321 Form & Expressive Technique in Film (with Documentary Film focus)
COMM 412 or INTD 491 Internship* (Applied Writing) (3+ credits)
*Note: Only one internship can count towards Applied Writing credit. May substitute an upper-division creative writing course or a second theory elective with adviser permission for one applied writing course.

Language Course: select one (Credits 3)
LNGS 301 Language and Structure
LNGS 302 Language and Meaning
LNGS 309 History of English Language
LNGS 310 American English Grammar
LNGS 320 Theories of Language

Elective: select one (Credits 3)
Literature course at the 300- or 400-level
Communication course at the 200-, 300- or 400-level

Theory Course: select one (Credits 3)
COMP 402 Theory of Composition
COMP 405 Writing Center Theory
COMP 430 Theory of Rhetoric
COMP 505 Rhetorical Criticism
COMP 507 Theory of Composition
COMP 530 Theory of Rhetoric

Senior Writing Course (Required): Credits 3)
COMP 401 Directed Professional Writing

In addition to formal instruction, each student in the Writing Major will be expected to compile a portfolio of representative course papers prior to graduation, assist with professional/academic publications, read extensively in literature and in a variety of discourse communities.