Bachelor of Arts
Marian M. MacCurdy, 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, with its self-designed concentration, offers serious writers guidance and experience in a range of genres. The major, which blends practice and theory, prepares students for graduate study, professional positions, and careers in writing.
The Department of Writing operates the writing center, located in Roy H. Park 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 refining English skills for nonnative speakers.
Writing Resource Rooms
The Department of Writing's networked computer classrooms, located in 313 and 314 Williams Hall and 103 Friends Hall, are open evenings and weekends to all students. They are staffed by student consultants who provide tutorial help in writing as well as in computer use. Facilities include reference books, laser printers, scanners, and a variety of software, including publishing and design applications.
The Department of Writing offers a special opportunity to students interested in writing and graphic arts to publish twice yearly a magazine of poetry, prose, photography, and art -- Stillwater. The magazine is staffed by student volunteers who make editorial selections and do layout, publicity, and production. Submissions are open to the entire College community.
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, journalistic essay, personal essay, prose fiction, poetry, humor, and scriptwriting.
Requirements for the Major in Writing -- B.A.
Credits in the major
One of the following
* Note that Fiction II has a prerequisite of Fiction I, Poetry II a prerequisite of Poetry I, and Poetics a prerequisite of either Fiction I or Poetry I.
One of the following
Required level-4 courses
Required concentration in writing -- Students must also complete an individually designed concentration in writing, consisting of five courses at level 2 or above. These courses are drawn from both writing requirements and electives (exclusive of 377-20500 Personal Essay and 377-20100 Persuasive Argument). The concentration is planned in conjunction with the student's adviser and must be approved by the department's major committee.
Credits outside the major
Required outside field: All writing majors must complete an outside field that complements their writing concentration: an existing minor in another department (18-21 credits) or an individually designed outside field (minimum 18 credits, with at least 9 credits above level 1). For students with a double major, the other major counts as the outside field. The outside field is planned in conjunction with the student's adviser and must be approved by the department's major committee.
Required language: All writing majors must complete study of a language other than English through the first semester of the intermediate level (0-9 credits) or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. An acceptable substitute for this requirement is one semester of formal study abroad in a country where the language predominantly spoken is not English.
Minor in Writing
Requirements for the minor in writing
From the writing courses listed below, either
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 (377-10600 or 377-11000) for first-year composition and transfer students with 377-1xxxx or 377-2xxxx 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 (377-10600 through 377-16500) must be completed with B- or better. Any student receiving below B- in 377-10600, 377-15000, 377-15100, or 377-16500 must take 377-11000 and receive at least a B- in that course 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. Minors must take 6 of their 21 writing credits at level 3 or above.
4. Students may count toward the writing minor no more than 3 credits each in any one of the following courses: 377-42000 Apprenticeship, 377-45000 Internship, or 377-49800/377-49900 Independent Study (Exposition/Creative Writing). A maximum of 6 credits from among these courses may be applied toward the writing minor.
5. 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 can receive course-specific credit for 377-11000 Academic Writing II by receiving both a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Language and Composition or Literature and Composition examination, and a score of 1 or 2 on the Department of Writing placement test. 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.
An affiliated course (377-15000 or 377-15100) is considered equivalent to 377-10600 Academic Writing I, either as a prerequisite to other courses or as a requirement in other departments. Students will receive credit for only one of these three courses.
Note: Students wishing to enroll in a course for which they have not completed the prerequisites must receive permission of the instructor.
A. Ozolins, Office of Publications, 21. October, 2002