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Writing Studies B.A.

Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 41
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The major in writing studies, which offers emphases in journalism or professional writing, explores writing as a field of inquiry: its production, its circulation, its uses, and its role in the development of individuals, professional communities, and societies. The major begins with the history of writing practices, genres, systems of production and distribution, and related institutions. A major in writing studies draws from the resources of linguistics to understand the relationships between writing, cognition, and communication. It uses the tools of qualitative, quantitative, and humanistic research to advance those explorations. It culminates in a practical examination of writing in traditional and emerging technologies. In core and elective courses, students develop skills in the analysis of rhetorical situations, the selection of media, and the production of texts appropriate for a variety of discourse communities. They also think reflectively and critically about their role as writers for professional and civic life. Students select a journalism or professional writing sub-plan to complete their study.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. Students majoring in Writing Studies in either emphasis (Professional Writing or Journalism) must complete a minor or second major in a field other than Journalism, Professional Writing, or Information Design. 2. The journalism or professional writing emphasis must be declared through the CLA Advising and Academic Services office.
Lower Division Core (9 cr)
LING 2506 - Language and Writing (3.0 cr)
WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 2506 - Introduction to Writing Studies (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Core (7 cr)
JOUR 3700 - Media Law and Ethics (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4506 - Capstone Course: Senior Portfolio Preparation (1.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)
Professional Writing
The professional writing curriculum synthesizes 1) knowledge and experience with writing technologies from a liberal arts, as well as a technical, perspective; 2) practice in applying principles of rhetoric, design, cultural theory, and creative thinking to the production of professional writing projects; and 3) experience in developing successful relationships with writing/design communities and other audiences. Students develop writing skills relevant to professional situations (document design and delivery, the development of varied writing techniques, and persuasive argument) with an understanding of writing's ethical and social implications.
Students are encouraged to participate in UMD-sponsored internships in professional writing, corporate communication, editing, and publishing.
Required Courses (9 cr)
WRIT 4200 - Writing and Cultures (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4300 - Research Methods for the Study of Writing (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx
Professional Writing Electives (12 cr)
To fulfill this requirement students must take at least one WRIT and JOUR course. WRIT 4197 may be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Other JOUR, LING, and WRIT courses may be applicable with departmental approval.
Journalism
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· JOUR 2001 - Reporting and Writing I (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 2101 - Editing I: Copy Editing and Layout (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 2300 - News Photography (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 2400 - Community and Journalism [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 2501 - History of American Journalism (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4001 - Specialized Reporting and Writing (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4500 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (3.0 cr)
Writing
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· WRIT 1017 - Freshman Seminar: Honors: The Rhetoric of Popular Culture [LE CAT8] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4100 - Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4197 - Internship in Writing (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4220 - Document Design and Graphics (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4290 - Advanced Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4595 {Inactive} (1.0-3.0 cr)
Linguistics (optional)
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· LING 3102 - Introduction to Syntax (3.0 cr)
· LING 4195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· LING 4400 - Sociolinguistics (3.0 cr)
Journalism
The journalism curriculum engages the study and practice of mass communication in a converged, multimedia environment. It prepares students for careers as reporters, editors, producers, and photographers in print, broadcast, and multimedia news. The program is built on a liberal arts foundation, including the history, traditions, routines, and practices of journalism. Students learn the skills they need to succeed in the profession, study its legal and ethical dimensions, and examine the sociology of news and the context in which journalism is practiced.
Students are encouraged to participate in UMD-sponsored internships at news, publishing, and broadcast organizations, both locally and across the country. Additionally, students have the opportunity to do extracurricular work at the student newspaper and the public radio and television stations on campus.
Required Courses (15 cr)
JOUR 2001 - Reporting and Writing I (3.0 cr)
JOUR 2101 - Editing I: Copy Editing and Layout (3.0 cr)
JOUR 3001 - Reporting and Writing II (3.0 cr)
JOUR 3401 - Digital Storytelling (3.0 cr)
JOUR 4102 - Editing II: Newsroom Practicum (3.0 cr)
Journalism Electives (9 cr)
To fulfill this requirement students must take at least one JOUR and WRIT course. JOUR 4197 may be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Other JOUR, LING, and WRIT courses may be applicable with departmental approval.
Journalism
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· JOUR 2300 - News Photography (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 2400 - Community and Journalism [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 2501 - History of American Journalism (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4001 - Specialized Reporting and Writing (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4197 - Journalism Internship (1.0-3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4500 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (3.0 cr)
Writing
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· WRIT 1017 - Freshman Seminar: Honors: The Rhetoric of Popular Culture [LE CAT8] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3xxx
· WRIT 4100 - Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4197 - Internship in Writing (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4200 - Writing and Cultures (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4220 - Document Design and Graphics (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4290 - Advanced Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4300 - Research Methods for the Study of Writing (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4595 {Inactive} (1.0-3.0 cr)
Linguistics (optional)
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· LING 3102 - Introduction to Syntax (3.0 cr)
· LING 4195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· LING 4400 - Sociolinguistics (3.0 cr)
 
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