2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2021  
2019-20 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, BA, Concentration: English Writing

About the Program

Apply Now Writing majors learn the practical aspects of communicating on the job, in business or in industry, to prepare for careers in publishing, editing, writing, and technical communication.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Foreign Language and Writing Requirement courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

CHESS College Core (36 Credits)

  • Modern Language (12 Credits)
  • U.S. Traditions (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .

Other Required Courses (18 Credits)

  • Students may choose eighteen (18) credits in Free Electives

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required in all Foreign Language and Writing Requirement courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)
  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)
  • Technology - select from Gen Ed Core List  
  • Modern Language Level IV (See Note 1)
  • Free Elective

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)
  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)
  • Social Science - select from Gen Ed Core List  
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Foreign Language –

  • Level I Course: Choose from: SPAN 10100, FR 10100, GER 10100, ASL10100, or JPNS 10100;
  • Level II Course: Choose from: SPAN 10200, FR 10200, GER 10200, ASL10200, or JPNS 10200;
  • Level III Course: Choose from: SPAN 20100, FR 20100, GER 20100, ASL 20100, or JPNS 20100;
  • Level IV Course: Choose from: SPAN 20200, FR 20200, GER 20200, ASL 20200 or JPNS 20200.
  • Must complete 4 semesters of same foreign language

Note 2: Writing Concentration Requirement – Must take 12 courses from: ENGL 30200, ENGL 31900, 40400, 40600 (EL), 41101 (EL), 42000, 42501, 42601, 42700, 43100 (EL), 43500, 43600 (EL), 43700 (EL), ENGL 43800, ENGL 45100 (EL), 48000 (EL)


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply.