WRITING, LINGUISTICS and CREATIVE PROCESS

Patrick Ryan, Chair
ryanp@wcsu.edu
Higgins Hall 205, Midtown campus
(203) 837-3273
Fax (203) 837-3953

Laurel Richards, Department Secretary
richardsl@wcsu.edu
Higgins Hall 205, Midtown campus
(203) 837-9041
Fax (203) 837-3953

Faculty

Patrick Ryan, Chair Brian Clements Kelli Custer
Oscar De Los Santos Edward Hagan Hunter Liguore
John Roche

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing program prepares students for careers in fields that include creative writing, technical writing, public relations, online and print journalism, as well as writing intensive professions such as the law, publishing, business and education. Students may choose one of three B.A. degree options: 1. Creative Writing, 2. Business and Technical Writing, 3. Journalism 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 Western 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 in part by passing a Tier 2 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:

  1. A writing intensive course (WRT 101 not required).
  2. WRT 101: Composition I. All tier 2 writing intensive courses (W2) offered by the Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process or any other department have WRT 101 or appropriate placement as their prerequisite.
  3. Either WRT 098: Written Communication or WRT 101P: Composition I Plus, a four credit-hour version of WRT 101. WRT 101P satisfies the prerequisite for a writing intensive course, tier 2.

The following courses offered by the Writing department fulfill the general education Writing Intensive Tier 2 course requirement:

WRT 103W: Composition II: Research and Writing (W2, IL)
WRT 210W: Managerial Writing (W2)
WRT 273W: Craft of Writing III: Writing Identity (W2)
WRT 245W: Technical Writing: Topic (W2)
WRT 371W: Writing the Weird: Conspiracy Theories (W2)

The following courses offered by the Writing department fulfill the Creative Process (CP) general education course requirement:

WRT 102: Introduction to the Creative Process (CP)
WRT 171W: Craft of Writing I: Conversations with Predecessors (CP)
WRT 172W: Craft of Writing II: Conversations with Contemporaries (C-)
WRT 242W: Poetry Workshop I (CP)
WRT 243W: Fiction Workshop I (CP)
THR/WRT 244W: Playwriting Workshop I (CP)
WRT 274W: Craft of Writing IV: Form and Inspiration (CP)

DEGREE PROGRAMS IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Professional Writing with three options:
Business and Technical Writing
Creative Writing
Journalism and Public Relations Writing

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 120 semester hours.

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 three B.A. options must take the following courses:

Core (15 S.H.)

WRT 132W: Introduction to Professional Writing (FY)
WRT 171W: Craft of Writing I: Conversations with Predecessors (CP)
WRT 172W: Craft of Writing II: Conversations with Contemporaries (CP)
WRT 273W: Craft of Writing III: Writing Identity (W2)
WRT 274W: Craft of Writing IV: Form and Inspiration (CP)

Required Upper-Division Courses (15 S.H.)

LNG 317: 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 (W3)

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

WRT 210W: Managerial Writing (W2)
WRT 245W: Technical Writing (W2)
And any three courses from among the following:
WRT 255W: Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion
WRT 270W: News Writing
JLA/WRT 321W: Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis
WRT 340W: Public Relations Writing, Concepts, and Practices
WRT 490: Practicum/Internship

Additional Genre-Focused Workshops Required for the Professional Writing Options

Business and Technical Writing Option (15 S.H)

WRT 210W: Managerial Writing (W2)
WRT 245W: Technical Writing (W2)
And any three courses from among the following:
WRT 255W: Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion
WRT 270W: News Writing
JLA/WRT 321W Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis
WRT 340W: Public Relations Writing, Concepts, and Practices
WRT 490: Practicum/Internship

Creative Writing Option (15 S.H.)

      Any five courses from among the following:
WRT 242W: Poetry Workshop I (CP)
WRT 243W: Fiction Workshop I (CP)
WRT/THR 244W: Playwriting Workshop (CP)
WRT 271W: Human Interest Writing
WRT 339W: Creative Essay
WRT 342W: Poetry Workshop II
WRT 343W: Fiction Workshop II
WRT/THR 346W: Advanced Playwriting Workshop
WRT 462W: The Book: From Writing to Publishing
WRT 490: Practicum/Internship

Journalism & Public Relations Option (15 S.H.)

WRT 270W News Writing
WRT 340W: Public Relations Writing, Concepts and Practice
        And any three courses from among the following:
WRT 255W: Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion
WRT 271W: Human Interest Writing
JLA/WRT 321W: Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis (W2)
WRT 335W: Fact-Based Opinion Writing
WRT 338W: Writing about Specialized Subjects
WRT 490: Practicum/Internship
COM 230: History of Mass Media
COM 243: Broadcast Writing

Required Portfolio: As a graduation requirement, all B.A. in Professional Writing majors must submit a writing portfolio during the semester prior to graduation.

Course Restrictions
For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

Learning Outcomes

Students who earn degrees in Professional Writing will:

  1. Demonstrate strong critical thinking skills through writing for a variety of audiences, purposes, and situations.
  2. Demonstrate an extensive ability to identify, assess, and perform—in both academic and professional settings—the types of writing for the chosen area of focus, such as creative writing, professional writing, and journalism.
  3. Demonstrate a working ability to identify and perform types of writing outside of the specific area of focus.
  4. Produce a senior portfolio that demonstrates an increasing level of professionalism in writing in terms of choice of topic, application of style, and ability to produce error-free texts.

MINORS IN WRITING

MINOR IN CREATIVE WRITING (18 S.H.)

WRT 242W: Poetry Workshop I (CP) or WRT 243: Fiction Workshop I (CP)
And any five courses from among the following:
WRT 242W: Poetry Workshop I (CP)
WRT 243W: Fiction Workshop I (CP)
WRT/THR 244W: Playwriting Workshop (CP)
WRT 274W: Craft of Writing IV (CP)
WRT 275W: Topics in Professional Writing
WRT 339W: Creative Essay
WRT 342W: Poetry Workshop II
WRT 343W: Fiction Workshop II
WRT/THR 346W: Advanced Playwriting Workshop
WRT 371W: Writing the Weird: Conspiracy Theories (W2)
WRT 377W: The Writing Life
WRT 462W: The Book: From Writing to Publishing
COM 242: Scriptwriting

MINOR IN JOURNALISM (18 S.H.)

WRT 270W:  News Writing
And any five courses from among the following:
WRT 255W: Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion
WRT 271W:  Human Interest Writing
JLA/WRT 321W: Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis (W2)
WRT 333W:  The Editorial Environment
WRT 335W: Fact-Based Opinion Writing
WRT 338W: Writing about Specialized Subjects
WRT 340w:  Public Relations Writing
COM 230: History of Mass Media
COM 243: Broadcast Writing

MINOR IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM (18 S.H.)

Required Communication courses:
COM 146: Basic Video Production
       And two classes selected from the following list:
COM 243: Broadcast Writing
COM 246: Intermediate Video Production
COM 247: Live News & Election Coverage
COM 252: Media Performance Techniques (prereq. THR 181)
COM 270: Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting
COM 442: Communication Law

Required Writing courses
:
WRT 270W: News Writing
And two classes selected from the following list:
WRT 279: Sports Writing
WRT 333W: Editorial Environment
WRT 335: Fact-Based Opinion Writing
WRT 338W: Writing about Specialized Subjects
WRT 375W: Book, Performance, and Restaurant Reviewing
WRT 490: Internship/Practicum in Writing

MINOR IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING (18 S.H.)

WRT 210W Managerial Writing (W2)
WRT 245W Technical Writing (W2)
And any two of the following Creative Writing courses:
WRT 242W: Poetry Workshop I (CP)
WRT 243W: Fiction Workshop I (CP)
WRT/THR 244W: Playwriting Workshop (CP)
WRT 342W: Poetry Workshop II
WRT 343W: Fiction Workshop II
And any two of the following Journalism courses:
WRT 255W: Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion
WRT 270W:  News Writing
JLA/WRT 321W: Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis (W2)
WRT 333W:  The Editorial Environment
WRT 338W: Writing about Specialized Subjects
WRT 340W:  Public Relations Writing

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