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.
 
Area I: Freshman Composition
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*
Fine Arts
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences
Mathematics
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences (Lab)
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
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
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*
History
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
 

* Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV. 

Course List
Core Courses 15
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  
PRACTICUM IN WRITING  
THEORY & PRACTICE IN TECH COMM  
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  
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING  
INTERNSHIP  
PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN  
Student/Advisor Designed  
18 hours of approved writing electives.  
Electives: Choose two not taken above. 6
INTRO TO JOURNALISM  
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS  
FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN COMMUNICA  
VIDEO PRODUCTION  
PERSUASION  
RHETORICAL CRITICISM  
INTERNSHIP  
ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING  
CLASSICAL RHET THEORY  
CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY  
LEGAL ARGUMENT  
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING  
MASS MEDIA IN AMERICA  
SOCIAL MEDIA  
PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN  
ADVERTISING  
INTRO CREATIVE WRITING  
STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS WRIT'G  
TECHNICAL WRITING  
TECHNICAL EDITING  
COMPOSITION STUDIES FOR TCHERS  
THEORY & PRACTICE IN TECH COMM  
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 Hours 120
 
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
PRACTICUM IN WRITING
THEORY & PRACTICE IN TECH COMM
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
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
INTERNSHIP
PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN
Student/Advisor Designed
18 hours of approved writing electives.
Electives: Choose two not taken above.6
INTRO TO JOURNALISM
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS
FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN COMMUNICA
VIDEO PRODUCTION
PERSUASION
RHETORICAL CRITICISM
INTERNSHIP
ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING
CLASSICAL RHET THEORY
CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY
LEGAL ARGUMENT
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
MASS MEDIA IN AMERICA
SOCIAL MEDIA
PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN
ADVERTISING
INTRO CREATIVE WRITING
STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS WRIT'G
TECHNICAL WRITING
TECHNICAL EDITING
COMPOSITION STUDIES FOR TCHERS
THEORY & PRACTICE IN TECH COMM
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