The Bachelor of Arts in English with a writing concentration is designed for those students who wish to combine their love of reading with a close study of the elements of writing in preparation for a future in which writing will play a central role. This emphasis continues to be updated to take advantage of new course offerings in communication, design, and technology; now our program includes elements such as Writing for New Media and Cyber-Rhetoric, and soon will include a course in Professional Editing as well.
Creative Writing Specialization
Winthrop has a rich history in Creative Writing, and students in the track usually select their electives from courses including WRIT 307 (Fiction Writing), WRIT 316 (Poetry Writing), WRIT 507 (Advanced Fiction Workshop), WRIT 516 (Advanced Poetry Workshop), WRIT 530 (Script Writing), and ENGL 510 (when taught as The Creative Process). The regular instructors for these courses are publishing creative writers. A number of other faculty members are also writers; you may sometimes hear them share their work at Open Mic nights sponsored by the Winthrop Literary Society or at Open Mic nights in the Rock Hill area. Creative writers can also include courses featuring the work of the best contemporary poets, fiction writers, and dramatists. Creative writers find a number of outlets to share their work, including The Anthology and several creative writing competitions on campus.
Specialization in Writing for Business and Technology
Writing for Business and Technology is designed for those who plan to go directly from college into a non-academic job in public relations, content providing, technical writing, publishing, non-governmental organizations and charities, or some other area of government or private industry. Such positions are available to people who can communicate effectively in speech and writing, so students in this emphasis balance their work in literature with courses in subjects like web design, business communication, technical writing, or public relations. A number of internship opportunities that allow students to develop their professional portfolios are available; contact the Department Chair for more information about these.
The programs of study for both options in this track are laid out in the Winthrop University Undergraduate Catalog. The student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or better in courses taken at Winthrop and included in the 33-39 semester hours of the required program. The student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of ENGL courses in residence at Winthrop University. In addition to the 33-39 semester hours of the required program, the student must select and complete a minor. Within the 124 semester hours required for this degree, the student must include a minimum of 40 hours in courses numbered above 299 and complete PLSC. 201 or ECO 103 or HIS 211 and 212.
Students completing the required program for the B.A. degree in English must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at or above the third semester college level. This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized proficiency examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 201 or any course with 201 as a prerequisite. A maximum of 3 semester hours of foreign language courses may be applied to Area I and a maximum of 3 semester hours may be applied to Area V of the Winthrop University General Education Distribution requirements. Read more about science course recommendations for non-science majors.