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English/Writing Studies Track, BA

Emily Weber and Dr.Ben Rafoth look at the writing center app

WHEN EMILY WEBER, CLASS OF 2014, SUGGESTED SOME MARKETING IDEAS to the Writing Center’s director, Professor Ben Rafoth, he said yes to them. “And I just ran with it. Before I started, there was no Twitter account for the Writing Center. Now, there are nearly 500 followers and 30–40 tweets a week.”

What you’ll do in the English/Writing Studies track

If you love the play of words and what words can do and want to pursue a career as a writer, you’ll find yourself right at home in our community of writers passionate about honing their craft and led by our expert, renowned faculty.

The curriculum, which includes elective courses in fiction and poetry as well as technical writing, lets you focus on the writerly side of literature: how writing works; its formal characteristics; and how, by immersing yourself in the language of great stories, poems, and plays and taking note of its features, you can learn to apply this knowledge to extend your own creative reach. 

As a Writing Studies major, you’ll be encouraged to design your own course of study, beginning with core requirements in literature, language, and, of course, writing.

By pursuing the Writing Studies Track, you’ll delve deeper into writing, studying the theory and practice of writing in a variety of genres under the guidance of accomplished faculty ready to help you achieve your creative goals.

As you learn about various approaches to writing tasks for diverse audiences, as well as the nuts and bolts of editing and publishing in traditional and digital environments, you’ll refine your skills to create a portfolio of work to use in applying to graduate programs or for professional positions.

 

  • English Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 110
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
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