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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.

Required Courses
All students who elect the RWT Emphasis would take the following courses:

ENGL 3850 Foundations Rhetoric & Writing and either English 4020 History of Rhetoric from Classical Athens until 1700 or English 4030 History of Rhetoric from 1701 until the present.

Recommended Courses

Students in the RWT Emphasis could then elect either one or two more courses from the following group:

  • ENGL 3760 Topics in Rhetorical Analysis
  • ENGL 3860 Public Rhetoric
  • ENGL 3870 Technical 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 taking 4940 as the capstone, students on the RWT emphasis will do a capstone project. This will be an independent project completed under the direction of a professor. (Students would register for an independent study under 4980.) The project will include both a research component, but also a production component. That is, the project should offer a rhetorically sophisticated intervention into a discernable rhetorical context, and that intervention should be supported by thorough and rigorous research.

RWT Program

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