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Writing

The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Arts in writing program combines both creative genres (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction) and professional writing in order to develop well-rounded scholars. Students also read and analyze the work of other writers to understand their thought processes and strategies. 

To complement the required coursework, writing majors also travel to hear writers read their work and attend conferences where writers discuss the act of writing. Mount Union students also have the chance to participate in public opportunities to read and receive feedback on their own work. 

Writing Quick Facts

The writing program requires 40 credit hours of coursework specific to the major, with an additional 32 hours to satisfy the Integrative Core requirements. Writing majors have several opportunities to join organizations related to their field:    

  • Mount Union’s Digital Writing and Oral Communication (DWOC) Studio offers writing majors the opportunity to tutor others’ writing
  • The Dynamo - Mount Union’s student-led newspaper for which writing majors typically submit stories and articles
  • Calliope - Mount Union’s literary and art magazine that accepts submissions for publication including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork
  • English Society - student-led organization dedicated to sharing literature with the community through service activities and campus events
  • Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society


Learning Objectives

Upon graduation, students who major in Writing will be able to:

WRITE LIKE WRITERS 

  • Recognize and respond to a variety of audiences, contexts, and purposes
  • Craft sophisticated print and digital texts in a variety of genres, both creative and professional
  • Demonstrate growth as a writer by producing a professional-quality portfolio
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of rhetorical choices in own and others’ texts
  • Arrange the organization of texts appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  • Recognize and self-edit errors in written discourse
  • Produce complex texts with correctness in syntax, grammar, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling
  • Demonstrate an advanced sense of coherence and cohesion in written discourse
  • Consider, apply, and control stylistic options (prose style, figurative language, voice, register, tone, word choice, etc.

THINK LIKE WRITERS 

  • Talk and write about their writing and consciously synthesize and integrate insights from one project into another
  • Articulate a statement of identity as a writer (including style, voice, and ethos)
  • Use multiple research methods (both primary and secondary), utilizing and documenting their research in their writing
  • Develop a sophisticated vocabulary for thinking, talking, and writing about their own and others process of writing and the texts they produce
  • Assess and respond to other writers, paying attention to the choices writers make, the reasons for those choices, and the effect those choices have on an audience
  • Recognize and gear writing towards a pluralistic and diverse world

READ LIKE WRITERS 

  • Demonstrate an understanding that writing emerges from an existing conversation and be able to join that existing conversation
  • Read widely and read a variety of texts, both creative and professional in nature
  • Exhibit knowledge and reading skill by effectively incorporating their reading into their writing

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