B.A. in English Studies / Writing Concentration (54-57 credits)

English Studies majors choose among four concentrations: Integrated Studies, Writing, Linguistics, and Literature. NOTE: All upper-division courses with the WR prefix that are not creative writing fulfill writing-intensive graduation requirements.


Major: (54-57 credits)


English Studies Core (see below)


Required Courses:

LING  315   Structure of English

WR    300   Technical/Workplace


Choose one from:

LIT  204-205-206 Survey of British Literature

LIT  253-254 Survey of American Literature


Three upper-division Writing courses or approved upper division electives Credits


Five upper-division English Studies courses (WR, LIT, or LING)


Minor: (19-20 credits)

Required Courses:

WR  222      Writing for the Sciences

WR  230W   Introduction to Writing Studies


Four upper-division English Studies courses (WR, LIT, or LING) but may also include TA 330 Script Writing OR TA 320 Dramaturgy


**Students planning a minor in literature, linguistics, writing, or integrated need to be aware of prerequisites for upper division courses.  Students with a major in one of these areas and a minor in another, need to plan with an advisor additional classes in the minor to replace courses taken in the common core.  Planning with an advisor is essential.


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English Studies Core Courses

Before taking the Foundations courses, students should have the General Education writing requirement completed, and one lower-division Literature course before LIT 317 (LIT 201 or LIT 202 recommended)

ENG 498 Senior Capstone  [Not required for Language Arts Secondary Education majors]

LING 310 Introduction to Linguistics

LIT 317 Introduction to Literary Study I

WR 230 Introduction to Writing Studies


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Learning Outcomes

4.  Demonstrate applications of varied writing styles, creative and professional genres, and rhetorical strategies and conventions.

5.  Demonstrate competency with invention, drafting, and revision processes as both writer and critic through activities such as workshops, peer reviews, and group projects.

6.  Demonstrate competency in creating text-appropriate sentences as well as in editing for syntactic and stylistic punctuation and conventions.




300-level options400-level options
Professional Writing
WR 300: Technical and WorkplaceWR 400: Professional Writing in Global Contexts
WR 301: Integrating Writing and DesignWR 401: Writing Across Media
WR 302: Editing and Style for WritersWR 402: Professional Editing
WR 303: Topics in Public and Professional WritingWR 405: Professional Concerns
WR 304: Grant and Proposal WritingWR 406/606 Special Individual Studies
WR 409 Internship
WR 412 Writing Center Internship
WR 440/540 Writing Theory and Pedagogy
Creative Writing
WR 360: FictionWR 460: Advanced Fiction
WR 361: PoetryWR 461: Advanced Poetry
WR 363: Creative NonfictionWR 463: Advanced Creative Nonfiction
WR 364: Special TopicsWR 464: Writing for Publication
WR 399: Special StudiesWR 496/596 Special topics in Writing
WR 642 Writing Across the Curriculum




English Studies Department: Integrated, Linguistics, Literature, and Writing

Department Head: Dr. Lars Söderlund | 503-838-8325 | or e-mail: soderlundl@mail.wou.edu| Location: BELL 309