The Writing Major is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who want to make writing central to their career. The major prepares students for careers in writing-related fields—such as technical writing, publishing, social media consulting, and public relationsor graduate studies in rhetoric and composition, communication, creative writing, education, or law. By combining courses from the English and Communication Arts departments, the major gives students a comprehensive education in writing and rhetorical theory along with the techniques necessary to craft effective documents in multiple genres. All students take six core courses that instill a firm foundation in writing fundamentals and two electives that allow students to customize their education. Every student also chooses one of six concentrations: technical and professional writing, creative writing, media writing, rhetoric and composition, public relations, or a customized concentration created by the student in consultation with their advisor. The major also includes a capstone portfolio that allows students to revise documents that they can show to potential employers or graduate programs.

  • Writing, BA  requires 120 credit hours.
  • Two courses (6 semester hours) at the 400 level
  • 36 of 120 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher.
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA in major, minor, and overall.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of HPE may count in degree requirements.
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • No more than 60 credit hours from a two-year school can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
 
Freshman Composition6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING II
Humanities and Fine Arts6
12 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts chosen from the following categories below
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Literature: Choose one or two3-6
Students are required to have a sequence in either History or Literature.
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Humanities and Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Any WLC 100 or 200 level 1
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Mathematics and Natural Sciences11
Mathematics: Choose one3-4
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Choose two8
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences12
History: Choose one or two3-6
Students are required to have a sequence in either History or Literature.
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose three6-9
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
Core Courses15
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO TO WRITING MAJOR
RHETORICAL CRITICISM
LITERARY CRITICISM & THEORY
CLASSICAL RHET THEORY
CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY
ACADEMIC WRITING
CAPSTONE IN WRITING (Capstone)
Concentration Courses: Choose one concentration below.18-19
Technical and Professional Writing
TECHNICAL WRITING
TECHNICAL EDITING
PRAC & RSRCH IN TECH COMM
PRACTICUM IN WRITING
Technical Electives: Choose six hours.
Creative Writing
INTRO CREATIVE WRITING
FICTION WRITING
POETRY WRITING
CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING
Literature Electives 300+: Choose six hours.
Media Writing
INTRO TO JOURNALISM
ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING
NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC
NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC
ADVERTISING
SOCIAL MEDIA
CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING
PRACTICUM IN WRITING
Rhetoric and Composition
CLASSICAL RHET THEORY
CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY
RHETORICAL CRITICISM (Take course not taken in core.)
LITERARY CRITICISM & THEORY
COMPOSITION STUDIES FOR TCHERS
RHETORIC AND WRITING
NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC
NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC
BURKEIAN THEORY & CRITICISM
WOMEN ORATORS
LEGAL ARGUMENT
Public Relations
INTRO TO JOURNALISM
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS
ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING
CM 420
CM 440
PRACTICUM IN WRITING
Student/Advisor Designed
18 hours of approved writing electives.
Electives: Choose two not taken above.
INTRO TO JOURNALISM
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS
FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN COMMUNICA
VIDEO PRODUCTION
PERSUASION
SOCIAL MEDIA
RHETORICAL CRITICISM
ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING
CLASSICAL RHET THEORY
CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY
LEGAL ARGUMENT
CM 420
MASS MEDIA IN AMERICA
CM 440
ADVERTISING
INTRO CREATIVE WRITING
STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS WRIT'G
TECHNICAL WRITING
TECHNICAL EDITING
PRAC & RSRCH IN TECH COMM
COMPOSITION STUDIES FOR TCHERS
LITERARY CRITICISM & THEORY
FICTION WRITING
POETRY WRITING
SPEC STUDIES CREATIVE WRITING
CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING
SUR GEN LINGUISTICS:APP ENG I
ADV EH GRAM:APP LINGUISTICS II
RHETORIC AND WRITING
NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC
NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC
Total Semester Hours120