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Writing, B.A.

About the Program

The writing B.A. degree program offers students an opportunity to combine the study and practice of the craft of writing with the study of literature, theater, television and communication arts. The writing degree program allows for the development of skills in creative writing, journalistic writing, literacy writing, and/or professional writing. Students can take courses from a variety of disciplines to fulfill their requirements. The program is intended for students interested in the advanced study and practice of writing.

About the English Department

326 Ketchum Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5416
Fax: (716) 878-5700
http://english.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit a writing portfolio to be considered for acceptance into the program. Transfer or uncommitted students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA in all previous college credits to enter the major, and must complete the College Basic Writing requirement to be accepted into the major. Freshman may be admitted to the program on a one-year probationary basis at the discretion of the selection committee.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credits in English 42 cr
(24 credits must be upper-division)

A. Required Courses (12 cr)

ENG 190 Introduction to Literary Analysis and Interpretation
(Must be taken immediately after completion of freshman composition requirement or within first year of transfer to English Department.)

ENG 201 The Craft of Writing
(Should be taken soon after completion of freshman composition requirement or within first year of transfer to English Department. Serves a prerequisite for upper-division writing courses.)

ENG 410 Composition and Rhetorical Theory

ENG 490 Senior Seminar

B. Electives in Writing (15 cr)
Select five courses from the following areas: Students may choose to concentrate their studies in one primary area or may select freely from across the options.

Creative Writing
ENG 305 Creative Writing: Narrative
ENG 306 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 402 Advanced Creative Writing: Narrative
ENG 403 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
THA 470 Ensemble Theater

Professional Writing
ENG 245 Writing about the Arts
ENG 300 Writing for the Professions
COM 308 Public Relations Writing
COM 304 Writing for Broadcast (Radio, TV & Film)
or
TFA 304 Writing for Television and Film Arts

Journalism
COM 303 Writing for News Publication
COM 325 Feature and Magazine Article Writing
COM 390 Journalistic Writing

Literary Genres
ENG 247 Nature Writing
ENG 266 The Personal Essay
ENG 320 Autobiography/Memoir
ENG 325 Creative Nonfiction

C. Electives in Literature, Linguistics, or Film (15 cr)
Select five literature, linguistics, and film courses offered by the Communication, English, Modern and Classical Languages, and Theater Departments; at least two courses must be upper-division.

All College Electives 39-45 credits

Total Required Credits 120 credits

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