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Major Concentrations


English Major: Creative Writing Concentration (BA)

Director: Devin Johnston, Ph.D. 

General Requirements

The requirements for the English major with emphasis in Creative Writing are the same as those for the English major; students who wish to major in English with a Creative Writing emphasis must fulfill the fifteen hours of Area Requirements and take ENGL 4940, the senior seminar. Each student is required to submit a portfolio of representative work for assessment prior to graduation. For this emphasis, student's elective courses are replaced by twelve hours of coursework in creative writing, chosen from: 

ENGL 3030 The Writer as Reader
ENGL 3040 Writing Literacy Narratives
ENGL 3050 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 3060 Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 3070 Creative Writing: Drama
ENGL 3080 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
ENGL 3090 Creative Writing: Poetry and Translation
ENGL 3100 Creative Writing: Special Topics
ENGL 4050 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 4060 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 4070 Advanced Creative Writing: Drama
ENGL 4080 Advanced Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
ENGL 4090 Advanced Creative Writing: Time in Fiction
ENGL 4091 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry and Translation
ENGL 4120 Language Studies: Special Topics

 Creative Writing Major Checklist

English Major: Rhetoric, Writing, and Technology Concentration (BA)

Director: Paul Lynch, Ph.D. 

Our lives are increasingly lived across electronic networks powered by digital technology. We connect through social networks via smart phones, laptops, and tablets. We access universes of information in minutes. We can publish words, pictures, video and audio to worldwide audiences with the click of a button. In this new media world, writing is more important than ever before. So too is rhetoric, the art of crafting an appeal for a particular audience. The English Department's Rhetoric, Writing, and Technology (RWT) emphasis teaches students to work effectively and ethically in digital environments. What is the impact of new media technologies on the composition of and distribution of texts? How does the electronic word change persuasion? How do these technologies cultivate identity, expertise, and ethics? RWT explores these questions and more. It also puts a premium on production. In RWT, invention complements analysis: students not only study, they also create.

Coursework in Rhetoric, Writing, and Technology dovetails with a variety of majors, minors and courses of study across the university: Communication, Health Management, Entrepreneurship, Business, Marketing, Pre-Law, and Environmental Studies. RWT's focus on the public writing and rhetoric likewise fits with Saint Louis University's Jesuit mission of service to humanity.

Students completing the English major with an emphasis in Rhetoric, Writing and Technology (RWT) follow the Major curriculum. The difference is that students prioritize RWT courses when completing distribution requirements at the 3000-level and Advanced Seminars at the 4000-level. A total of TWELVE hours within RWT courses are required to complete the concentration.

Required Courses

ENGL 3850 Foundations Rhetoric & Writing; this course fulfils the Rhetoric and Argumentation (RA) category at the 3000-level.

Either ENGL 4020: History of Rhetoric from Classical Athens until 1700 or ENGL 4030 History of Rhetoric from 1701 until the present; both courses fulfill 3 hours of the Advanced Seminar requirement within the major


RWT students will also take at least TWO additional RWT courses from the following:

  • ENGL 3760: Topics in Rhetorical Analysis
  • ENGL 3860 Public Rhetoric
  • ENGL 3870 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 3890: Writing Consulting
  • ENGL 4000: Business and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 4010 New Media Writing
  • ENGL 4040 Special Topics in Rhetoric
  • ENGL 4080 Advanced Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
  • ENGL 4120 Language Studies: Special Topics

Courses not on this list could be substituted with the permission of the Writing Program Director.


Instead of ENGL 4940: Senior Seminar, RWT students complete a capstone project with a faculty mentor under ENGL 4980: Independent Study.

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