WRITING, LINGUISTICS & THE CREATIVE PROCESS

Oscar De Los Santos, Chair
delossantoso@wcsu.edu

Berkshire Hall 225, Midtown campus

(203) 837-9044

(203) 837-8912 (fax)

 

Sharon Foster, Department Secretary
fosters@wcsu.edu

Berkshire Hall 215, Midtown campus

(203) 837-9041

(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Faculty

O. De Los Santos , Chair J. Briggs

B. Clemets

A. Govardhan P. Ryan J. Scrimgeour
A. Zink    

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing prepares students for careers in writing fields that range from creative writing to technical writing to public relations to online and print journalism, as well as for writing intensive professions such as the law, publishing, business and teaching.  Students may choose one of five B.A. degree options:  Business Writing, Creative Writing, General, Journalism and Freelance, and Public Relations.  

 

Mission

To prepare students for careers as professional writers, the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process focuses on the following objectives:

 

  • Engaging students—through innovative and cutting-edge writing programs—in writing as a process of making form and meaning. 
  • Training professional writing students for work in business, publishing in all its facets, and teaching.
  • Immersing students in the rich environment of professional writing activities and talent available in New York City and author-endowed Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
  • Emphasizing writing as key to critical thinking.
  • Highlighting the importance of linguistics and understanding the basic components of language and texts to professional writers.
  • Assisting students with the development of style, voice and attunement to genre.
  • Creating a community of writers at WestConn that fosters an awareness of the importance of writing across the curriculum.

 

General Education Writing Requirement

The Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process participates broadly in the University's general education program. The general education writing requirement is satisfied by passing a writing intensive course, several of which are offered by the Department.  The department’s composition coordinator supervises placement of all entering students.  Students are placed into one of three levels:

  • WRT 098: Written Communication or WRT 099:  Written Communication for ESL (followed by WRT 101: Composition I:  The Habit of Writing and a W course).
  • WRT 101: Composition I: The Habit of Writing (followed by a W course). All writing intensive courses (W) offered by the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process or any other department have WRT 101:  Composition I:  The Habit of Writing or appropriate placement as their prerequisite.
  • A WRITING INTENSIVE course labeled W.

 

W courses currently offered by the Writing department that fulfill the general education requirement include the following:

                  WRT 102W:  Introduction to the Creative Process

                  WRT 103W:  Composition II:  Research and Writing

                  WRT 132W:  Introduction to Professional Writing

                  WRT 133W:  An Introduction to Writing Fiction

                  WRT 134W:  An Introduction to Writing Poetry

                  WRT 171W:  Craft of Writing I:  Conversations with Predecessors

                  WRT 172W:  Craft of Writing II:  Conversations with Contemporaries

                  WRT 242W:  Poetry Workshop I

                  WRT 243W:   Fiction Workshop I

                  THR/WRT 244W:  Playwriting Workshop I

                  WRT 245W:  Technical Writing: Topic

                  WRT 255W:  Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion

                  WRT 270W:  News Writing

                  WRT 271W:  Human Interest Writing

                  WRT 273W:  Craft of Writing III:  Writing Identity

                  WRT 274W:  Craft of Writing IV:  Form and Inspiration

                  WRT 276W:  Writing about Human Tragedy

                  With Permission of Instructor and Writing Sample   

WRT 275W:  Topics in Professional Writing

                  WRT 335W:  Fact-Based Opinion Writing

                  WRT 339W:  Creative Essay

 

In addition to fulfilling the W requirement, the following courses offered by the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process also fulfill the General Education requirement in the Humanities:

W and General Education—Humanities/Communication credit

WRT 102W:  Intro to the Creative Process

WRT 132W:  Intro to Professional Writing

                  WRT 171W:  Craft of Writing I:  Conversations with Predecessors

                  WRT 172W:  Craft of Writing II:  Conversations with Contemporaries

                  WRT 273W:  Craft of Writing III:  Writing Identity

                  WRT 274W:  Craft of Writing IV: Form and Inspiration

W and General Education—Humanities/Humanistic Studies credit

                     WRT 102W:  Intro to the Creative Process

 

DEGRE PROGRAMS IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Professional Writing with five (5) options: 

Business

Creative Writing

General

Journalism and Freelance

Public Relations

 

Bachelor of Science

Education students may major in the following options that are offered in conjunction with the English Department:

English (Writing Option):  Secondary Certification

English (Writing Option):  Elementary Certification

 

MINOR PROGRAMS

Journalism

Broadcast Journalism

Professional Writing

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING (B.A.)

Students must complete all general education requirements, the required major courses (core, upper-division, and menu) listed below, the courses and credits listed in one of the options below, and additional free electives for a total of 122 semester hours that include a writing intensive course (W), foreign language, and physical education.  Important note:  Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or better in courses used to satisfy the major.

 

Courses Required for all B.A. in Professional Writing Majors:

All Professional Writing majors in the five (5) B.A. options must take the following courses:

 

Core (12 S.H.)

WRT 171W:  Craft of Writing I:  Conversations with Predecessors

WRT 172W:  Craft of Writing II:  Conversations with Contemporaries

WRT 273W:  Craft of Writing III:  Writing Identity

WRT 274W:  Craft of Writing IV:  Form and Inspiration

 

Required Upper-Division Courses (16 S.H.)

LNG 371: Linguistics or LNG 320:  Modern English Grammar

WRT 333W:  The Editorial Environment

WRT 373W:  Editing and Copyediting

WRT 442W:  Publication Design and Development

WRT 465W:  Thesis Project

 

Menu Courses (6 S.H.):  Two (2) courses from among the following:

LNG 320:  History of the English Language

WRT 275W:  Topics in Professional Writing

WRT 276W:  Writing about Human Tragedy

WRT 303W:  Composition III:  Advanced Research Writing

WRT 371W:  Writing the Weird:  Topic

WRT 377W:  The Writing Life:  Topic

WRT 446W:  Topics in Professional Writing

WRT 431W:  Writers’ Aesthetics

 

Additional Genre-Focused Workshops Required for the Professional Writing Options      

Business Option (14 S.H)

WRT 245W:  Technical Writing

WRT 255W:  Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion

WRT 270W:  News Writing

WRT 338:  Writing about Specialized Subjects or

JLA/WRT 321W: Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis

                  _______________ (2 S.H.)*

 

Creative Writing Option (14 S.H.)

Five (5) writing courses from among the 6 creative writing workshops and WRT 219W:  Writer’s Toolbox, WRT 271W:  Human Interest Writing, WRT 339W:  The Creative Essay, WRT 462:  The Book:  From Writing to Publishing, and WRT 490:  Internship.

 

General Writing Option (14 S.H)

WRT 270W: News Writing

Three (3) other Genre Workshops chosen in consultation with advisor

_____________ (2 S.H.)*

 

Journalism and Freelance Option (14 S.H.)

WRT 270W:  News Writing

WRT 271W:  Human Interest Writing

WRT 335W:  Fact-Based Opinion Writing

WRT 338W:  Writing about Specialized Subjects

____________ (2 S.H.)*

 

Public Relations Option (14 S.H.)

WRT 255W:  Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion

WRT 270W:  News Writing

WRT 271W:  Human Interest Writing or WRT 245W:  Technical Writing

WRT 340W:  Public Relations Writing

______________ (2 S.H.)*

 

*Students may choose from a variety of courses to fulfill this requirement, including WRT 219W:  Writer’s Toolbox, WRT 272: Campus Writers’ Workshop, and WRT 490: Internship.

 

As a graduation requirement, all B.A. in Professional Writing majors must submit a writing portfolio.

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Education students may major in the following options that are offered in conjunction with the English Department:

 

English (Teaching of Writing Option):  Secondary Certification

English (Teaching Writing Option):  Elementary Certification

 

Students in these degree programs take required courses in the English Department and in the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. For information about English Department requirements for these degree options, please see School of Professional Studies.  

 

The Department of Writing requirements for these two options are as follows:

English (Teaching of Writing Option): Secondary Certification (18 S.H.)

WRT 243W:  Fiction Workshop I

WRT 335W:  Fact-Based Opinion Writing

WRT 339W:  Creative Essay

WRT 347W:  Teaching Writing in the Schools—High School

One additional Writing course

WRT 465W:  Thesis Project

 

English (Teaching of Writing Option):  Elementary Certification (24 S.H.)

WRT 242W:  Poetry Workshop I

THR/WRT 244W:  Playwriting Workshop I

WRT 270W:  News Writing

WRT 271W:  Human Interest Writing

WRT 335W:  Fact-Based Opinion Writing

WRT 337W:  Teaching Writing in the Schools—Elementary

One additional Writing course

WRT 465W: Thesis Project

 

As a graduation requirement, students in the B.S. in English (Teaching of Writing Options) must submit a writing portfolio.

 

Minor in Journalism (18 S.H.)

WRT 270W:  News Writing                                          

WRT 271W:  Human Interest Writing             

WRT 333W:  The Editorial Environment

WRT 442W:  Publication Design and Development

 

Two (2) additional courses from the following:  WRT 219W:  Writer’s Toolbox, WRT 272: Campus Writers’ Workshop, WRT 340W:  Public Relations Writing, WRT 335W: Fact-Based Opinion Writing, WRT 490:  Internship/Practicum in Writing, WRT 446W:  Topics in Professional Writing, and WRT 462W:  The Book from Writing to Publishing.

 

MINOR IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM (18 S.H.)

WRT 270W:  News Writing

WRT 333W:  The Editorial Environment

One 300- or 400-level writing course from among the following: WRT 335W:  Fact-Based Opinion Writing, WRT 338W:  Writing about Specialized Subjects, WRT 340W:  Public Relations Writing, WRT 442W: Publication Design and Development, and WRT 490: Internship.

COM 270:  Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting

THR/COM:  Acting for the Camera

COM 243:  Broadcast Writing

 

MINOR IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING (18 S.H.)

WRT 270W:  News Writing

Any five (5) courses from among the following:

JLA/WRT 321W:  Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis

WRT 245W:  Technical Writing

WRT 255W:  Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion

WRT 271W:  Human Interest Writing

WRT 272:  Campus Writers’ Workshop

WRT 333W:  The Editorial Environment

WRT 335W:  Fact-Based Opinion Writing

WRT 338W:  Writing about Specialized Subjects

WRT 339W:  Creative Essay

WRT 340W:  Public Relations Writing

WRT 373W:  Editing and Copyediting

WRT 442W:  Publication Design and Development

WRT 446W:  Topics in Professional Writing

WRT 462W:  The Book:  From Writing to Publishing

   WRT 490:  Internship/Practicum in Writing

 


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