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B.S./B.A. in English/Writing: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

180 total credits required

Our online Bachelor’s in English/Writing is a well-rounded combination of courses in writing, literature and media. The four-year program requires a core of program credit hours, elective credit hours and a two-course capstone. Core courses include literature, grammar and writing fiction, and electives cover film criticism, linguistics, digital rhetoric and writing theory.

English/writing students gain transferable skills and real-world experience through community and campus partnerships with non-profit organizations, independent presses and K–12 schools. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement or opt for 12 additional science credits to earn a Bachelor of Science.

Transfer Information

EOU offers a generous transfer policy for course credits to make it even more affordable and accessible to learn. The online Bachelor’s in English/Writing program accepts up to 135 credits for transfer to EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

Required Courses

Study of selected comedies, tragedies, and historical plays. Prerequisite: WR 121. Any 100-level English course highly recommended.
Study of various traditional and nontraditional approaches to grammar with specific applications to and illustrations from the field of composition. Special consideration will be given to the linguistic and rhetorical theories that inform the study of grammar. Prerequisite: Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course.
Preparation for the Capstone Prerequisites: Completion of upper- division coursework required to prepare for a Capstone in literature, rhetoric, or writing.
Culminating student project resulting from individual research or creative writing. Prerequisite: WR 402.
Presentation, publication, and/or community service projects, including capstone project. Repeatable for credit with different projects. May not duplicate practicum work. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

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Introduction to rhetorical terms and principles emphasizing analysis of diverse rhetorical situations and modes of argument, and continued development of disciplined academic writing process. Prerequisite: WR 121 with a C- or better.
Introduction to writing in civic contexts, with an emphasis on local issues, organizations, and campaigns. Includes service learning component. Themes vary. Prerequisite: WR 121 with C- or better.

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Study and practice in one-to-one conferencing skills in seminar discussions, small groups, and Writing Center practicum. Tutoring across the curriculum, approaches to tutoring diverse students, professional development, and increasing computer literacy are emphasized. Prerequisites: WR 121.
A survey of the basic forms of newswriting for the print and online media, with intensive practice in both writing and editing. Prerequisite: WR 121 or equivalent.

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Introductory course in writing fiction. Emphasis on drafting techniques, revising, peer criticism and the study of basic fictive techniques in the belletristic tradition. Must have at least Sophomore standing.
An introductory course in writing poetry with an emphasis on drafting techniques, revising, peer criticism, and the study of basic poetic techniques in the belletristic tradition. Must have at least Sophomore standing.
Introduces students to the process of conceiving, pitching, developing, and writing stories (screenplays) appropriate for marketing in the contemporary Hollywood film environment. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.
An introductory course in writing creative non-fiction with an emphasis on drafting techniques, revising, peer criticism and the study of basic non-fiction techniques such as natural history, memoir, the personal essay, literary journalism, and multi-works. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

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A study of writers of the British Isles before 1800 with particular attention to the “cultural work” performed by literature in response to an increasingly scientific, democratic, capitalist, and literate culture. Prerequisites: WR 121 and one 100-level ENGL course.
A study of writers of the British Isles after 1800 with particular attention to literature as an aesthetic response to changing concepts of the real. Prerequisites: WR 121 and one 100-level ENGL course.
This course begins with an examination of American literature with the early narratives of exploration and discovery of the Americas and concludes with texts written just prior to the Civil War Prerequisites: WR 121 and one 100-level ENGL course.
This course will: survey major trends and writers in American literature from the end of the Civil War to the present; examine the shift in the late 19th century to Romanticism to Realism and Naturalism and the 20th century experiments of Modernism and Post-Modernism; and explore how the alternative voices of Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and others intersect with these movements and offer other views of the definitions and uses of “American literature”. Prerequisites: WR 121 and one 100-level ENGL course.

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Emphasis on professional writing including documents such as reports, proposals, instructions, correspondence, and web pages. Includes a community service learning project. Prerequisite: WR 121 or equivalent. Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course or consent of instructor.
This cross-curricular course will focus on vocational skills that will be useful to students as graduates seeking professional positions in the publishing industry. Prerequisite: Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course. EOY Even.

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Intensive study of fictive theories and techniques in the belletristic tradition, with emphasis on the writing and criticism of student stories, and the study of ancient, modern, contemporary, and international writers. Prerequisites: WR 241, 242, 243, or 248 and junior standing. EOY Odd.
Intensive study of prosody, with emphasis on writing and critiquing student poems, studying ancient through contemporary poets in English and in translation, and poetic theories and techniques of the belletristic tradition. Prerequisites: WR 241, 242, 243, or 248 and junior standing. EOY Even.
Intensive practice in writing in non-fiction literary genres that will vary year to year, but with an emphasis on developing a strong personal voice in literary works ideally suitable for publication. Prerequisites: WR 248, upper division standing, or consent of instructor.

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Explores relationships between literacy and power in the United States, examining how literacies are differently defined, practiced, and distributed in different social and institutional contexts. Particular attention is given to public literacy debates and campaigns, and to discourses of race, nation, gender, region, and class that intersect them. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.
Introduction to contemporary rhetorical theories and methods and their application to public texts and persuasion in everyday life. Prerequisites: WR 121 and sophomore standing. WR 222 recommended but not required.

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Intensive study of one or more of the following: women, minority, or regional writers; popular or folk texts; literature in translation; film. Repeatable with different topics. Prerequisite: WR 121, one 100-level ENGL course, and junior standing or consent of instructor.
Intensive study of gender theories in relation to the production and interpretation of literary texts and/or film. Repeatable with different topics. Prerequisite: WR 121, one 100-level ENGL course, and junior standing or consent of instructor.

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In-depth study of a major theme in one or more genres, historical periods, or authors. Repeatable with different topics. Prerequisite: WR 121, one 100-level ENGL course, and junior standing or consent of instructor.
Advanced, integrated studies focused on rotating themes and the application of theories of rhetoric, literacy, writing, and/or culture. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: WR 222 and junior standing or consent of instructor.
Intensive writing and peer critiquing of student writing across the genres, including contemporary literature but within the belletristic tradition, emphasizing the polishing of work for potential publication. Prerequisites: WR 341 or WR 342. Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course. Repeatable up to 8 credit hours.

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Practicum projects designed for either classroom or work experiences. Prerequisite WR 121. Any 100-level English course highly recommended.
Practicum projects designed for either classroom or work experiences. Prerequisite: WR 121, and any 100-level English course.
Students gain practical understanding of grant writing by working on grant projects. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: WR 121 or equivalent. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.
Selected students gain practical, supervised experience in working on the newspapers, literary magazines, or assisting students with course work in the area of ENGL/ WR. Prerequisite: Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course.
This course introduces the concepts, history, theories, legal/ethical issues, and routine practices of advertising as a medium of information in modern society. Students learn how advertising meshes with the ethos of our national culture, how advertising works in the market economy, how advertising appeals to consumers, and how to create selling ad copy.

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