School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of Writing

Bachelor of Arts

Diane McPherson, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Writing offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to foster clarity and creativity in expression, as well as to develop expertise in various writing styles and genres. It provides instruction in first-year writing for all entering students, advanced study in expository, creative, and professional writing, and a 21-credit minor for students in diverse disciplines. The B.A. in writing offers serious writers guidance and experience in a range of genres; students may also elect to complete a concentration in creative writing, nonfiction, feature writing, or professional and technical writing. The major, which blends practice and theory, prepares students for graduate study, professional positions, and careers in writing.

Writing, B.A.
Writing Minor

Writing Center

The Department of Writing operates the writing center, located in Smiddy Hall. It offers individual and small group tutorials on a referred or self-selected basis to students needing assistance in any stage of the writing process. Other services include help with reading-comprehension and study skills and with refining English skills for nonnative speakers.

Writing Resource Rooms

The Department of Writing's networked computer classrooms, located in 109 Smiddy Hall and 103 Friends Hall, are open evenings and weekends to all students. They are staffed by student consultants who will provide help with computer use and writing tasks. Facilities include reference books, laser printers, scanners, and a variety of software, including publishing and design applications.

StillWater

The Department of Writing offers a special opportunity to students interested in writing and graphic arts to publish StillWater, an annual magazine of poetry, prose, photography, and art. The students who staff the publication make all editorial selections and do layout, publicity, and production. Submissions are open to the entire College community.

Writing Contest

Each spring the Department of Writing conducts a writing contest open to all Ithaca College students. Entries are accepted in each of the following categories: first-year essay, expository essay, prose fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Requirements for the Major in Writing -- B.A.

Credits in the department

WRTG 16500

Introduction to the Essay

3

WRTG 17500

Introduction to Creative Writing

3

WRTG 20100

Persuasive Argument

3

WRTG 20500

Personal Essay

3

Select one of the following:

WRTG 31100

Writing for the Professions*

WRTG 32000

Public Essay

WRTG 33600

Fiction II*

WRTG 33800

Poetry II*

3

Select one of the following:

WRTG 36000

Composition Theory

WRTG 36500

Poetics*

3

* Note that these courses have prerequisites beyond those specified for the major.

Required level-4 courses

WRTG 41000

Senior Project

3

WRTG 41500

Senior Seminar

3

Writing electives

Five writing electives at level 2 or above, with at least 9 credits at level 3 or above

15

Total, credits in the department

39

General degree or elective concentration in writing

Majors may complete a general degree in writing or they may declare a formal concentration in creative writing, nonfiction, feature writing, or professional and technical writing. Concentrations, if elected, must be declared by midterm of the first semester of the junior year. Requirements for concentrations may overlap with writing electives.

Elective concentrations
Creative writing concentration

Required

WRTG 23600

Fiction I

3

WRTG 23800

Poetry I

3

Select one of the following:

WRTG 33600

Fiction II (3)

WRTG 33800

Poetry II (3)

3

Select two of the following:

WRTG 30100

Autobiography (3)

WRTG 30500

Science Fiction and Fantasy (3)

WRTG 31000

Women and Writing (3)

WRTG 32500

Writing Children's Literature (3)

WRTG 33400

Humorous Writing (3)

WRTG 33600

Fiction II (3)

WRTG 33800

Poetry II (3)

WRTG 35400, WRTG 35600

Selected Topics in Creative Writing (3)

WRTG 38000

Writers' Workshop (1) (may be taken 3 times)

WRTG 43600

Writing the Short Novel (3)

WRTG 45000

Internship (3)

 6

Total, creative writing concentration

15

Nonfiction concentration

Required

WRTG 32000

Public Essay

3

Select four of the following:

WRTG 30100

Autobiography (3)

WRTG 31000

Women and Writing (3)

WRTG 31400

Science Writing (3)

WRTG 31800

Writing from Cultural Experience (3)

WRTG 31900

Writing as a Naturalist (3)

WRTG 32100

Self and the Scholarly Essay (3)

WRTG 33100

Feature Writing (3)

WRTG 33400

Humorous Writing (3)

WRTG 34000

Magazine Writing (3)

WRTG 34200

Writing about Sports (3)

WRTG 34500

Writing as a Critic (3)

WRTG 35000, WRTG 35200

Selected Topics in Expository Writing (3)

WRTG 38000

Writers' Workshop (3)

WRTG 42000

Apprenticeship (3)

WRTG 45000

Internship (3)

12

Total, nonfiction concentration

15

Feature writing concentration

Required

WRTG 32000

Public Essay

3

WRTG 33100

Feature Writing

3

Select three of the following:

WRTG 21100

Writing for the Workplace (3)

WRTG 31400

Science Writing (3)

WRTG 31900

Writing as a Naturalist (3)

WRTG 34000

Magazine Writing (3)

WRTG 34200

Writing about Sports (3)

WRTG 34500

Writing as a Critic (3)

WRTG 45000

Internship (1-6)

 9

Total, feature writing concentration

15

Professional writing concentration

Required

WRTG 21100

Writing for the Workplace

3

WRTG 31100

Writing for the Professions

3

Select three of the following:

WRTG 21300

Technical Writing (3)

WRTG 31400

Science Writing (3)

WRTG 31700

Proposal and Grant Writing (3)

WRTG 45000

Internship (3)

6

Total, professional writing concentration

15

Credits outside the department

Required outside field: All writing majors must complete an outside field. This may be (1) an 18- to 21-credit minor in any Ithaca College department; (2) a 15-credit minor in any Ithaca College department plus one related 3-credit course; or (3) an individually designed outside field (minimum of 18 credits, with at least 9 credits above level 1), which is planned in conjunction with the student's adviser and approved by the department chair. For students with a double major, the other major counts as the outside field.

Required language: All writing majors must complete study of a language other than English through the first semester of the intermediate level or demonstrate equivalent proficiency (0-9 credits). An acceptable substitute for this requirement is one semester of formal study abroad in a country where the language predominantly spoken is not English.

Total, credits in the department

57-69

Total, credits outside the department

18-30

Total, open electives

51-63

Total, B.A. in writing

120

Minor in Writing

Requirements for the minor in writing

WRTG xxxxx

Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500

3-4

WRTG 20100

Persuasive Argument

   3

WRTG 20500

Personal Essay

   3

Electives

WRTG xxxxx Elective credits in writing (6 credits at level 3 or above) 12
Total, minor in writing 21-22

All writing courses in the minor should be taken in the Department of Writing or at the Ithaca College London Center. Exceptions: Students who receive course-specific transfer credit for first-year composition and transfer students with WRTG 1xxxx or WRTG 2xxxx credit from another institution may count up to 6 generic writing credits toward the writing minor.

Additional requirements for the minor

  1. All writing courses must be taken for a grade to count toward the minor. One level-1 composition course (WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500) must be completed with B- or better. Any student receiving below B- in these courses must take WRTG 11100 and receive at least a B- to qualify for the writing minor. Writing courses at level 2 or above must be completed with a C or better.
  2. No more than two level-1 courses will count toward the writing minor.
  3. No more than 3 credits may count toward the writing minor in each of the following courses: WRTG 42000, WRTG 45000, or WRTG 49800/49900. A maximum of 6 credits from among these courses may be applied toward the writing minor.
  4. Up to 6 credits in the writing minor may overlap with a student's writing requirements in a major.

General Information for All Students in Writing Courses

Students will receive course-specific credit for WRTG 11100 Academic Writing II by receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement language and composition or literature and composition examination, and also a score of 1 or 2 on a Department of Writing placement test, which must be scheduled within the department. Students enrolled in the School of Humanities and Sciences may not apply that course-specific credit toward fulfilling the focused curricular choice component of the general education requirement.

Students wishing to enroll in a course for which they have not completed the prerequisites must receive the permission of the instructor.