Writing, as an art and technology, has become increasingly complex in the last 50 years. Not only are the traditional genres of communicating still thriving in our text-centered world, but emergent, hybrid modes of communicating are creating additional ways of reaching audiences. For example, how will you write interactive instruction sets to assemble products of the future, or use social media to reach your audiences for a variety of reasons? The writing concentration is a place for you to investigate the theory and production of writing in the past and now, and to develop your own voice and style in multiple genres.
Is This For You?
Students graduating with a concentration in writing will be able to:
- write well in a variety of traditional and emergent genres;
- critically analyze writing in a variety of genres, media, and contexts in order to question, complicate, decode, reproduce and improve these texts;
- explain the history of writing as a technology and an art;
- design a variety of publications using digital and print-based media.
Why a Concentration?
The writing concentration differs from both a minor and a specialization. The writing concentration does not represent a skill within the major, but has been designed as an interdisciplinary bridge that helps you better understand communication in your field, about your field, and outside of your field.
A minor is in a field other than your major. A specialization is a curricular track exclusively within your major field. By contrast, the writing concentration requires three writing courses in English and at least one writing intensive course in the student’s chosen major (which could be English), an internship which has a writing component (which can fulfill internship credits within your major as well) and an e-portfolio that includes samples and reflection on their writing knowledge. The concentration is noted on your transcript after completion of the concentration as you are exiting the university.
For more information, please contact the Director of the Writing Program, Dr. Morgan Reitmeyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the Writing Concentration. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.
|Lower Division Requirements (1 credit hours)
||Digital Writing Lab (1 ch)
|Upper Division Requirements (15 credit hours)
|Nine upper division semester hours of English writing courses selected with the approval of the major advisor.
|Three upper division semester hours of a writing course within the student's major selected with the approval of the major advisor.**
||Three upper division semester hours of a writing intensive internship selected with the approval of the major advisor.**
|TOTAL CONCENTRATION REQUIRMENTS: 16 credit hours
* Or equivalent in student's major field.
**These credits may also fulfill major requirements.