Writing

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Writing

  • Instruction in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Practical experience through an internship
  • Preparation for a wide variety of careers

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Writing at Marywood

Marywood University's writing program will teach you to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Courses provide instruction and practice in three types of writing: creative, professional, and activist. They will help you develop strong rhetorical skills and expertise in editing for correctness and style.

Our writing program is flexible, encouraging you to mold your degree around your career aspirations. A required internship and options to pursue a second major or a minor allow you to add both breadth and depth to your college experience, while also enhancing your professional marketability.

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With a writing degree, you can pursue a variety of professions in fields such as:

  • Publishing
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Education

Dave

I am where I am today because of everyone at Marywood.

In 2012, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a double minor in Broadcast Communications and Journalism. Leaving college, I thought I would become the next David Muir.  But instead of a pen as my instrument of choice, it became a camera.  As much as I like hearing and telling stories during the writing process, I believe visual storytelling enhances the writing of the story. In the end, with both of those elements, you have quite a product.

I am a photojournalist and producer at WNEP-TV in northeastern Pennsylvania.   As a producer, I am in charge of everything you see during a newscast from order and presentation of the story to the graphics, scripts, and timing of the newscast.

And how did Marywood help me achieve success? Small class sizes are a definite with one-on-one assistance and professors engaging with students. The full-time faculty teach the foundations of the craft while the adjunct professors give a perspective of how it is once you leave college and enter the real world.  

The many media platforms available on campus are beneficial for students who want to dive in and gain experience. From a school newspaper that is rising to new heights of success, an award-winning radio station, and televised events run by students, Marywood has the tools to help you succeed. Once I stepped into my field, I was properly trained to be the best storyteller I could be.

I am where I am today because of everyone at Marywood.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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English: Writing majors must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in English:

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
ENGL 420 Grammar and Editing
3
ENGL 425 Rhetoric and Persuasion 3
One course from: ENGL 310-349, Genre or Theme 3
One Workplace Writing course 3
One Activist Writing course 3
One Creative Writing course 3
One Writing Theory course 3
ENGL 451 Internship
3
Two courses from: ENGL 400-499 or W course 6
ENGL 495 Senior Seminar
3

English Secondary Education majors must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in English:

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
Survey Courses 3 out of 4 of the following: 9
ENGL 357A American Literature I
3
ENGL 357 American Literature II
3
ENGL 360 British Literature I
3
ENGL 364 British Literature II
3
One upper-level writing course
3
One course from: ENGL 310-329, Genre
3
One course from: ENGL 330-349, Theme
3
One course from: ENGL 350-359, American Period 3
One course from: ENGL 360-369, British Period 3
ENGL 370 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 400 Structure of Linguistics 3
ENGL 412A Teaching Writing 3
ENGL 412B Teaching Literature 3

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

English: Literature minors must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in English:

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
One course from any four of the seven categories listed below:
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
3
ENGL 310-329 Genre
3
ENGL 330-349 Theme
3
ENGL 350-359 American Period
3
ENGL 360-369 British Period
3
ENGL 370-399 other Literature courses
3
ENGL 400-499 other English courses 3

English: Writing minors must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in writing.

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
Any five of the following courses:
ENGL 420 Editing and Style
3
ENGL 425 Rhetoric and Persuasion
3
ENGL 450 Writing for the Social Sciences
3
ENGL 460 Creative Writing
3
ENGL 461 Writing Creative Nonfiction
3
ENGL 464 Writing Poetry
3
ENGL 470 Business and Technical Writing
3
ENGL 475 Composition: Theory and Practice
3
ENGL 480 Advanced Writing 3
ENGL 484 Political Writing and Rhetoric 3
ENGL 485 Writing and Cultural Studies 3
ENGL 490 Feminist Writing and Rhetoric 3
ENGL XXXW A writing-intensive literature course 3-6
ENGL 451 Internship 3

English 160 Composition and Rhetoric is the prerequisite for the internship and all upper-division writing courses. The upper-division courses may be taken in any sequence.

All majors are required to consult either the chairperson or their advisors prior to registration each semester. The responsibility of fulfilling the department’s requirements, however, rests with the student.

Additionally: Education majors, Secondary and Elementary, must consult with Marywood’s Department of Education in order to fulfill the education sequence and QPA requirements in an orderly and accurate manner.

In order for the English Department to recommend a major for graduation, 50 percent of the student’s English courses must have been taken at Marywood with a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major. Similarly, 50 percent of courses used to fulfill minor requirements must have been taken at Marywood University with a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the minor.