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The B.A. in English with a concentration in Writing focuses on various aspects of professional and creative writing and is suited for students who seek a career based in writing, whether as a professional writer in industry, a social media writer, or a creative writer.

Graduates go on to work in advertising, public relations, writing and editing, and other fields. Jobs include writer, editor, teacher, public relations coordinator, and communications specialist.

Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.

Contact Information

Anthony Moretti
Department Head
moretti@rmu.edu
412-397-6467
Wheatley Center 215

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CSEN1010 Reading & Writing Strategies or CSEN1020 Argument & Research
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • MATH1050 Math Reasoning w/ App or STAT2110 Statistics
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology or SOCI1020 Contemporary Am Social Problems
  • ELIT ____ Lit elective
  • FYSP First Year Experience

Freshman Year, Spring

  • ELIT2000 Study of Literature
  • CSEN1020 Argument & Research or CSCM1030 Public Speaking
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • INFS1020 Intro to Decision Support
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art & Music

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM1030 Public Speaking or CSCM2040 Professional Comm in the Workplace
  • ELIT2010 Study of the Essay
  • ELIT2055 World Lit or ELIT2080 Women & Lit or ELIT2030 African Am Lit.
  • Open Elective
  • History Elective or POLS Elective

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM 2050 Intercultural Comm or CSCM2040 Professional Comm in the Workplace
  • ENGL2540 Study of Language
  • ENGL3010 Modern English Grammar & Editing
  • ARTM2050, COMM3030, ENGL2050, INFS2150, JRNL3020, or ORGL3700
  • Natural Science Elective

Junior Year, Fall

  • ENGL3020 Creative Writing Modern
  • ENGL3025 Technical Writing
  • ELIT3080 American Literature Before 1865
  • ELIT3120 British Literature to 1789
  • ELIT3520 Dramatic Art of Shakespeare

Junior Year, Spring

  • ELIT3090 American Literature 1865-Present
  • ELIT3130 British Literature 1789-Present
  • ENGL3500 Study of Rhetoric
  • ENGL3110 History of English Language
  • ARTM2050, COMM3030, ENGL2050, INFS2150, JRNL3020 or ORGL3700

Senior Year, Fall

  • ENGL4010 Advanced Non-Fiction Writing
  • ARTM2050, COMM3030, ENGL2050, INFS2150, JRNL3020, or ORGL3700
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Senior Year, Spring

  • ELIT4800 Seminar in English Studies
  • ENGL4903 English Internship
  • ARTM2050, COMM3030, ENGL2050, INFS2150, JRNL3020, or ORGL3700
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Writing for the Media
Dramatic Writing
Technical Writing
Major Credits
66
English, Philosophy, English Lit
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
15

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