Master effective writing skills.
From academic writing to practical writing to
creative writing, you will be trained in a variety of writing styles through
a combination of writing and literature courses—all taught in a Christian
The SBU Advantage
- Learn in an academic community of writers that
wants you to succeed.
- Understand the imagination as a powerful, God-given
capability that, used well, serves the purposes of the Kingdom.
- A primary component of English studies, written
communication is essential in the practical world, but it is also a potent
instrument for making that world more human.
The imagination is an essential element for students
studying writing, for academic, creative, and practical writing draw upon
students’ powers of forming mental images and concepts. Studies in writing equip students to use this capability.
A Bachelor of Arts in Writing requires 36 hours of
courses in addition to 42 hours of general education courses and 16-18 hours
of graduation requirements. Required courses include Advanced Composition, 6
hours of creative writing courses, 6 hours of practical writing courses, 15
hours of literary study, 3 hours of linguistic study, and 3 hours of writing
Students who enjoy writing poetry can join Author
Unknown, a poetry society that fosters the development of poets. The
Department of Language and Literature also sponsors a chapter of the
international honor society Sigma Tau Delta.
The Department of Language and Literature awards a
number of private competitive scholarships based on a student’s GPA,
contribution to the department, and career potential.
Written communication is a skill necessary for those
going to graduate school, but it is also essential in many careers,
including those in education, public service, business, management, the
professions of law and medicine, the media, the corporate world, and the
- WRT/ENG 3353 Advanced Composition
- Advanced expository writing, based on a study of contemporary
- WRT/ENG 4003 Technical Writing
- The application of rhetorical principles to the writing of
investigative and descriptive reports on scientific and
ENG 3373 Structure of the English Literature
Detailed study of current English sounds,
grammar and usage.
Writing Elective (3 hours)
Two of the following:
WRT/ENG 3013 Writing Poetry
A workshop in the writing of original poetry, based on a study
of poetic characteristics and genres.
WRT/ENG 4013 Writing Short Fiction
A workshop in short fiction writing utilizing readings from
varying fiction genres and peer/instructor feedback.
WRT/THR 4053 The Art and Craft of Playwriting
A study and practicum of the art of playwriting. Emphasis on reading and writing plays.
One of the following:
BUS 2013 Business Communications
A general introduction to the uses of
communication in the business world today. Four major sections
include basic language usage; communication foundations and writing
principles; business letters, memos and emails; and problem analysis
and report writing.
COM 3373 Newspaper Writing and Editing
An emphasis upon the essentials of journalism
writing. Special attention to principles and skills required to
gather, write and edit newspaper stories.
MKT 3083 Advertising
This course is designed as a creative,
innovative introduction to advertising. Types of advertising media,
copy and style will be evaluated, and emphasis will be placed on
creativeness in advertising. This course will include films, guest
speakers, field trips and creative advertising projects.
Two of the following:
ENG 3313 American Literature I
Literature of America from Colonial Period to
ENG 3323 American Literature II
Literature of America from Age of Realism to
ENG 4483 The American Novel
Representative American novels from Colonial
Period to present.
Three of the following:
ENG 3233 Medieval and Renaissance English
Literature of England from Beowulf to
ENG 3243 Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century
Literature of England from Donne to Boswell.
ENG 3333 The Romantic Period
Literature of England from Blake to Keats.
ENG 3343 The Victorian Period
Literature of England from Tennyson to
ENG/THR 4413 Shakespeare
Tragedies, histories and comedies of
ENG 4433 Twentieth-Century English Literature
Literature of England from Hardy to Fowles.
ENG 4453 Milton
Life and works of Milton.
ENG 4463 Contemporary Poetry
Poetry of the modern world.