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Writing and Narrative Arts Major

Students majoring in Writing and Narrative Arts may choose to go to law school, graduate school in English, or to pursue a career in which strong analytical and verbal skills are prized.

The department encourages students to supplement Writing and Narrative Arts courses with selected communication courses and courses from other departments.

In selecting courses, students receive careful, individual attention through the department’s four-year Career Development Program, in which students work extensively with the department faculty.

Majors of Study
Writing and Narrative Arts majors select from among three majors within the department to develop expertise in specific areas or fields within the Writing and Narrative Arts discipline.

Within each major, students take an individualized constellation of courses designed to enhance their understanding of one specific aspect of the English discipline.

Majors of study in Writing and Narrative Arts include:

Special Requirements

  • QPA of 2.33 (C+) required in Writing and Narrative Arts
  • No course with a grade of D+ or lower is counted toward the major.

Learning Outcomes
Writing and Narrative Arts majors will obtain:

  • familiarity with major traditions of British and American literature, authors (including women and people of color), works, and genres in their cultural and historical contexts (Major Traditions)
  • the ability to engage with a literary text or other cultural artifact, drawing upon the critical, aesthetic, analytical, and social skills appropriate for a member of the contemporary, liberally educated community (Text Analysis)
  • the ability to apply theoretical approaches to the study and/or teaching of literature or other cultural artifacts (Theory & Methods)
  • information-literacy skills to find, retrieve, evaluate, and present information relevant to an issue or problem, using appropriate attribution (Information Literacy)
  • written and oral command of the English language that reflects its potential as a communicative and creative medium (Writing Proficiency & Oral Proficiency)
  • the ability to critically interrogate the social, historical, aesthetic, and ethical dimensions of literary and cultural artifacts (Values & Diversity)

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