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Writing Studies

Writing Studies

Hannah, a former Writing Studies major, gained hands-on experience working with the local community through an internship with the United Way of Harrisonburg, VA

Kendra, an alumni English major with a Writing Studies minor, served as an editorial intern at MennoMedia. She was able to take part in a variety of projects that gave her a more complete understanding of the responsibilities of an editor.

Krista, a former Spanish minor, traveled to Colombia, South America over the summer of 2013 to investigate responses to violence as part of an internship.

In 2011, Anna graduated from EMU with a minor in TESOL and a teaching endorsement in ESL PreK-12 and History & Social Science 6-12. After graduating, she taught English at a public high school in Sapporo, Japan, for two years.

Ben, a former Writing Studies major, helped to launch the Mennonite Community Cookbook blog, which populates and feeds Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Camila used to teach as Waterman Elementary School's resource teacher for its Foreign Language in Elementary Schools program. She cited as a Teacher of Promise, an award given to the best and brightest of Virginia’s beginning teachers.

Justine, a former Writing Studies major, interned in EMU's Marketing office. She wrote nine articles, including some event previews, event coverage, several profile features and a historical feature.

In regard to her writing, alumni English major Tamara says, "Four years ago, I signed my first publishing contract for my first novel 'Broken Crowns'. Ten books have followed with more in the works.

Donovan, Ph.D. in English Literature from Temple University, now teaches at Hesston College (KS). He writes: "The literature courses that I took at EMU provided much of the groundwork that I needed for my graduate education."

Writing studies at EMU involves a challenging investigation of various creative genres, writing for particular professions, English grammar, English literature, and practical experience in peer teaching, publishing, and internship settings.

Students work closely with faculty members who are published writers and interact with visiting writers through workshops and summer retreats.

A Unique & Flexible Program

The writing studies major is by intention small and flexible. Majors are encouraged to double major or minor in their other areas of interest.

Simultaneous study in other fields challenges writers to broaden their knowledge bases by exploring other subjects in-depth.

Students become more informed as writers and, in turn, use their writing and rhetorical skills to contribute more easily to study of other fields.

All majors are expected to attend all Writers Read events and participate in year-end readings.

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Career Options

The above data was drawn from ONet and is intended for informational purposes only.


Requirements consist of 36 SH.

Core Writing Courses (12 SH)

  • WRIT 200 Introduction to Creative Writing - 3  
  • LING 250 Introduction to Linguistics   OR LING 260 Grammars of English - 3  
  • WRIT 210 News and Feature Writing - 3    OR *WRIT 380   , 381   , 383  Professional Writing Series (1 each) - 3 total 
  • WRIT 400 Senior Thesis - 3  

Creative Workshops (12 SH)

Choose four of the following courses:

  • *WRIT 351 Fiction Writing Workshop - 3  
  • *WRIT 352 Creative Nonfiction Workshop - 3  
  • *WRIT 370 Poetry Workshop - 3  
  • *WRIT 421 Advanced Fiction Workshop - 3  
  • *WRIT 422 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop - 3  
  • *WRIT 423 Advanced Poetry Workshop - 3  

Literature Course (3 SH)

  • Choose from 300-level ENGL courses and SPAN 301, 420, and 430.

Writing Practicum (3 SH)

Choose 3 SH from the following courses:

  • WRIT 391 Editing and Publishing: Weather Vane - 1-3  
  • LARTS 390-391 Peer Tutoring - 1-3  
  • WRIT 390 Phoenix - 1-3  
  • WRIT 470 Internship - 1-3  

Electives (6 SH)

Choose 6 SH from the following courses (Note that some courses have prerequisites):

  • Additional WRIT or LING courses not taken above
  • ENGL courses 300-level or above
  • HUM 200 Foundations of Humanities - 2  
  • LARTS 390-391 Peer Tutoring - 1-3  
  • *SPAN 301 The Art of Storytelling - 3  
  • *SPAN 320 Constructing Identities - 3  
  • *SPAN 325 The Latino Experience - 3  
  • *SPAN 340 Intro to Translation and Interpretation - 3  
  • *SPAN 420 Narratives of Trauma and Resilience - 3  
  • *SPAN 430 Marginalized Voices - 3  
  • THR 360 Playwriting - 2  
  • *THR 361 Screenwriting - 2  
  • VACA 367 Hybrid Storytelling - 4  
  • *VACA 465 Visual Storytelling: Nonfiction - 4  
  • *VACA 466 Visual Storytelling: Fiction - 4  
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