Department of Writing

Chair and Associate Professor: Dr. Payne, 450-3344
Professor: Mr. Wright
Associate Professors: Dr. Bolter, Dr. Burley, Dr. Castner Post, Dr. Malek, Dr. J. Vanderslice, Dr. S. Vanderslice
Assistant Professors: Mr. Powell, Mr. Spitzer. Dr. Thornes, Dr. SmithermanVisiting Assistant Professors: Mr. May, Dr. Rankin
Lecturers: Ms. Allen, Ms. Bradford, Ms. Deering, Mr. Gifford, Dr. Grate, Dr. Lance, Ms. Mongno, Dr. E. Stengel
Instructors: Ms. Becker,  Ms. Bogoslavsky, Ms. Bowles, Dr. Dilday, Dr. Forssman Hill, Ms. Moore, Ms. Phillips, Mr. Scaife, Ms. E. Smith
Visiting Lecturers: Ms. Girard, Ms. Stormoe

[1] Purposes

In addition to offering general education writing courses supporting the university's emphasis on writing and thinking skills across the curiculum, the Department of Writing offers a variety of courses in creative writing, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, professional and technical writing, and the teaching of writing. The department offers majors and minors in writing, creative writing, and linguisitcs.

[2] Baccalaureate Degrees

[2.1] Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Creative Writing, and Linguistics

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Writing requires successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) the general education component, (2) sophomore-level foreign language, (3) a major as described below (4) 40 upper-division hours, and (5) completion of a minor.

Three degrees are offered: (1) the BA in Writing; (2) the BA in Creative Writing; and (3) the BA in Linguistics.

[2.1.1] Major in Writing (36 hours)

Core Courses (12 hours):

WRTG 2325 Introduction to Rhetoric
WRTG 3305 Writing for Digital Media I
WRTG 3310 Technical Writing
WRTG 3390 Discourse Analysis

[2.1.1.1] General Writing Track (24 hours)

Required Courses (15 hours):

LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics
WRTG 2310 Introduction to Creative Writing
One creative WRTG forms course; prerequisite WRTG 2310
One upper-division linguistics course
One upper-division rhetoric or professional writing course

Choose Three (9 hours):

LING 3315 Semantics
LING 3325 Sociolinguistics
LING 4320 Grammatical Structures
LING 4330 Linguistics for Educators
LING 4345 Analytical Methods of Morphology and Syntax
LING 4350 Phonology
LING 4355 Special Topics in Linguistics
LING 4360 Historical Linguistics
LING 4370 Field Methods
SPCH 3312 Persuasion
SPCH 4311 Evolution of Rhetorical Theory
Any creative writing forms course
Any creative writing workshop
WRTG 2315 Introduction to Dramatic Writing
WRTG 3306 Writing for Digital Media
WRTG 3307 Introduction to Editing
WRTG 3315 Writing Center Practicum: Teaching and Tutoring Writing
WRTG 4305 Contemporary Composition
WRTG 4306 Writing for Digital Media III
WRTG 4307 Practical Rhetoric
WRTG 4308 Writing for Change
WRTG 4309 Introduction to Publishing
WRTG 4320 Rhetoric and Cross-Cultural Communication
WRTG 4324 Topics in Creative Writing
WRTG 4340 Teaching Creative Writing
WRTG 4381 Special Topics in Writing
WRTG 4385 Internship in Writing
WRTG 4180, 4280, 4380 Directed Study in Writing

[2.1.1.2] Professional Writing Track (24 hours)

Required Courses (9 hours):

WRTG 3306 Writing for Digital Media
WRTG 4307 Practical Rhetoric
WRTG 4308 Writing for Change

Choose Three (9 hours):

WRTG 3307 Introduction to Editing
WRTG 4305 Contemporary Composition
WRTG 4306 Writing for Digital Media III
WRTG 4309 Introduction to Publishing
WRTG 4385 Internship in Writing

Choose Two (6 hours):

LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 3315 Semantics
LING 3325 Sociolinguistics
LING 4320 Grammatical Structures
LING 4360 Historical Linguistics
LING 4370 Field Methods
SPCH 3312 Persuasion
SPCH 4311 Evolution of Rhetorical Theory
WRTG 2310 Introduction to Creative Writing
Any creative writing forms course
Any creative writing workshop
WRTG 2315 Introduction to Dramatic Writing
WRTG 3307 Introduction to Editing
WRTG 3315 Writing Center Practicum: Teaching and Tutoring Writing
WRTG 4305 Contemporary Composition
WRTG 4306 Writing for Digital Media III
WRTG 4309 Introduction to Publishing
WRTG 4320 Rhetoric and Cross-Cultural Communication
WRTG 4340 Teaching Creative Writing
WRTG 4381 Special Topics in Writing
WRTG 4385 Internship in Writing
WRTG 4180, 4280, 4380 Directed Study in Writing

[2.1.3] Major in Creative Writing (36 hours)

Required courses (24 hours):

WRTG 2310 Introduction to Creative Writing
WRTG 3305 Writing for New Technologies
6 hours WRTG "Forms" courses (WRTG 3320, 3325, 3330, 3331, 3335, or 3345)
6 hours WRTG "Workshop" courses (WRTG 3370, 3371, 3372, 3373, 3374, 3375, 3376 or 3377)
6 hours WRTG "Topics" courses (WRTG 4310, 4324 or 4340)

Creative Writing Electives (12 hours chosen from the following):

WRTG 2315 Introduction to Dramatic Writing
WRTG 3320 Forms of Scriptwriting
WRTG 3325 Forms of Poetry
WRTG 3330 Forms of Creative Nonfiction
WRTG 3331 Forms of Illustrated Narrative
WRTG 3335 Forms of Fiction
WRTG 3370 Poetry Workshop
WRTG 3371 Fiction Workshop
WRTG 3372 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
WRTG 3373 Illustrated Narrative Workshop
WRTG 3345 Forms of Writing For Children
WRTG 3374 Travel Writing Workshop
WRTG 3375 Writing for Children Workshop
WRTG 3376 Screenwriting Workshop
WRTG 3377 Genre Fiction Workshop
WRTG 4310 Creative Writing with Hypertexts
WRTG 4324 Topics in Creative Writing
WRTG 4340 Teaching Creative Writing
WRTG 4371 Novel Writing Workshop

Other Writing Electives:

LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 3315 Semantics
WRTG 2325 Introduction to Rhetoric
WRTG 3301 Rhetoric and Composition
WRTG 3310 Technical Writing
WRTG 3315 Teaching and Tutoring Writing
WRTG 3340 Writing Acquisition: Theory and Practice
WRTG 3345 Forms of Writing For Children
WRTG 4320 Rhetoric and Cross-Cultural Communication
WRTG 4380 Directed Study in Writing
WRTG 4381 Special Topics in Writing
WRTG 4385 Internship in Writing
Introduction to Creative Writing (WRTG 2310) is a prerequisite to taking upper-division creative writing classes. A genre-appropriate forms class (WRTG 3320-3345) must be take before enrolling in a corresponding workshop class (WRTG 3370-3377). Before enrolling in a senior-level course, a student must complete nine hours of creative writing courses in the major.

       [2.1.4] Major in Linguistics (36 hours)

Core (18 hours):

Required courses (15 hours)

LING 2320 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
LING 3315 Semantics
LING 3325 Sociolinguistics
LING 4345 Analytical Methods of Morphology and Syntax
LING 4350 Phonology

One course from the following:

ENGL 4360 History and Structure of the English Language
PHIL 4330 Philosophy of Language
LING 4355 Special Topics in Linguistics

Students then choose from one of the following four tracks for the additional 18 hours

Track One: Language

18 hours in one language (Spanish, French, German, Chinese) beyond the language requirement for the bachelor of arts degree

Track Two: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Required courses (12 hours):

LING/WLAN 2350 World Languages
WLAN 4315 Methods of Teaching Second Languages
WLAN 4325 Second Language Acquisition
LING 4330 Linguistics for Educators

Any two of the following:

WRTG 4320 Rhetoric and Cross-Cultural Communication
SPTH 2322 Applied Phonetics
WLAN 4330 Second Language Assessment
ENGL 3335 Language and Grammar Studies
ENGL 4360 History and Structure of the English Language

Track Three: Computer Science

Required courses (14 hours):

CSCI 1470 Computer Science I
CSCI 1480 Computer Science II
CSCI 2320 Data Structures
CSCI 3345 Human Computer Interaction
or
CSCI 3370 Principles of Programming Languages

Four hours of electives chosen in consultation with the major advisor

Track Four: General Linguistics

Choose 18 hours from among the following courses:

LING 2350 World Languages
LING 4330 Linguistics for Educators
LING 4355 Special Topics in Linguistics* (may be repeated up to three times with different topics
LING 4360 Historical Linguistics
LING 4370 Field Methods in Linguistics
ENGL 3315 Gender and Language
ENGL 4360 History and Structure of the English Language
PHIL 2310 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 4330 Philosophy of Language
PSYC 3325 Cognitive Psychology
SPTH 2322 Applied Phonetics
SPTH 3300 Phonological Acquisition (prerequisite for linguistics majors: SPTH 2322)
SPCH 3303 Gender Communication
SPTH 3320 Language Disorders in Children (prerequisite for linguistics majors: SPTH 2322)
SPTH 3321 Normal Language Acquisition (prerequisite for linguistics majors: SPTH 2322)

       [2.1.5] Minor in General Writing (24 hours)

Required courses (18 hours):

LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics (prerequisite WRTG 1320)
WRTG 2310 Introduction to Creative Writing (prerequisite: WRTG 1320)
WRTG 2325 Introduction to Rhetoric
WRTG 3310 Technical Writing (prerequisite: WRTG 1320 and at least junior standing)
One creative WRTG forms course (prerequisite: WRTG 2310)
One uppder-division linguistics course

Elective (6 hours chosen from the following):

LING 3315 Semantics
LING 3325 Sociolinguistics
LING 4320 Grammatical Structures (prerequisite LING 2320)
LING 4330 Linguistics for Educators (prerequisite WRTG 1320)
LING 4345 Analytical Methods of Morphology and Syntax (prerequisite WRTG 2320 or permission of instructor)
LING 4350 Phonology (prerequisite: WRTG 2320 or permission of instructor)
LING 4355 Special Topics in Linguistics (prerequisite: WRTG 2320 or permission of instructor)
LING 4360 Historical Linguistics
LING 4370 Field Methods in Linguistics
Any creative writing forms course (prerequisite: WRTG 2310)
Any creative writing workshop (prerequisite: WRTG 2310 and the appropriate froms course)
WRTG 2315 Introduction to Dramatic Writing
WRTG 3305 Writing for Digital Media I (prerequisite: WRTG 1320)
WRTG 3306 Writing for Digital Media II (prerequisite: WRTG 3305)
WRTG 3307 Introduction to Editing (prerequisite: at least junior standing)
WRTG 3315 Teaching and Tutoring Writing
WRTG 4180/4280/4380 Directed Study in Writing (variable credit 1-3 hours)
WRTG 4305 Contemporary Composition (prerequisite: WRTG 1320)
WRTG 4306 Writing for Digital Media III (prerequisite: WRTG 3306)
WRTG 4307 Practical Rhetoric (prerequisite: WRTG 2325 or permission of the instructor)
WRTG 4308 Writing for Change (prerequisite: at least junior standing or permission of the instructor)
WRTG 4309 Introduction to Publishing (prerequisite: WRTG 3305)
WRTG 4320 Rhetoric and Cross-Cultural Communication (prerequisite: WRTG 1320)
WRTG 4324 Topics in Creative Writing (prerequisite: WRTG 2310 and completion of six hours of upper-division creative writing courses
WRTG 4340 Teaching Creative Writing (prerequisite: WRTG 2310)
WRTG 4381 Special Topics in Writing (prerequisite: senior status and writing major or minor)
WRTG 4385 Internship in Writing (prerequisite: WRTG 1310, 1320, one 3000 level writing course, and consent of department chair)
SPCH 3312 Persuasion (prerequisite: SPCH 1300 or consent of instructor)
SPCH 4311 Evolution of Rhetorical Theory (prerequisite: SPCH 1300)

        [2.1.6] Minor in Creative Writing (24 hours)

Required courses (15 hours):

WRTG 2310 Introduction to Creative Writing
WRTG 3305 Writing for New Technologies
3 hours WRTG "Forms" course (WRTG 3320, 3325, 3330, 3331, 3335, or 3345)
3 hours WRTG "Workshop" course (WRTG 3370, 3371, 3372, 3373, 3374, 3375, 3376, or 3377)
WRTG 4324 Topics in Creative Writing

Electives (9 hours) from the following:

WRTG 2315 Introduction to Dramatic Writing
WRTG 3320 Forms of Scriptwriting
WRTG 3325 Forms of Poetry
WRTG 3330 Forms of Creative Nonfiction
WRTG 3331 Forms of Illustrated Narrative
WRTG 3335 Forms of Fiction
WRTG 3345 Forms of Writing For Children
WRTG 3370 Poetry Workshop
WRTG 3371 Fiction Workshop
WRTG 3372 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
WRTG 3373 Illustrated Narrative Workshop
WRTG 3374 Travel Writing Workshop
WRTG 3375 Writing for Children Workshop
WRTG 3376 Screenwriting Workshop
WRTG 3377 Genre Fiction Workshop
WRTG 4310 Creative Writing with Hypertexts
WRTG 4324 Topics in Creative Writing
WRTG 4340 Teaching Creative Writing
WRTG 4371 Novel Writing Workshop
WRTG 4380 Directed Study in Writing
WRTG 4385 Internship in Writing

Professional Writing and Linguistics :

LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 3315 Semantics
WRTG 3301 Rhetoric and Composition
WRTG 3310 Technical Writing
WRTG 3315 Teaching and Tutoring Writing
WRTG 4381 Special Topics in Writing

Introduction to Creative Writing (WRTG 2310) is a prerequisite to taking upper-division creative writing classes. A genre-appropriate forms class (WRTG 3320-3345) must be taken before enrolling in a corresponding workshop class (WRTG 3370-3377). Before enrolling in a senior-level course, a student must complete nine hours of creative writing courses in the major.

        [2.1.7] Minor in Linguistics (24 hours + sophomore level foreign language course)

Required courses (12 hours):

LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 3315 Semantics
LING 3325 Sociolinguistics
LING 4345 Analytical Methods of Morphology and Syntax or LING 4350 Phonology

Electives (12 hours):

LING 2350 World Languages
LING 4330 Linguistics for Educators
LING 4345 Analytical Methods of Morphology and Syntax
LING 4350 Phonology
LING 4355 Special Topics in Linguistics
LING 4360 Historical Linguistics
LING 4370 Field Methods in Linguistics
ENGL 3335 Language & Grammar Studies
ENGL 3315 Gender and Language
ENGL 4360 History and Structure of the English Language
SPCH 3303 Gender Communication
PSYC 3325 Cognitive Psychology
WLAN 4325 Second Language Acquisition
WLAN 4330 Second Language Assessment
PHIL 2310 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 4330  Philosophy of Language
SPTH 2322 Applied Phonetics
SPTH 3300 Phonological Acquisition (Prerequisite SPTH 2322)
SPTH 3320 Language Pathologies in Children (Prerequisite SPTH 2322)
SPTH 3321 Acquisition and Development of Normal Speech and Language (Prerequisite SPTH 2322)
FREN 3300 or GERM 3300 or SPAN 3300 Advanced Grammar and Composition I
FREN 3303 or GERM 3303 or SPAN 3303 Advanced Grammar and Composition II
FREN 4350 Advanced Conversation and Phonetics
GERM 4350 German Grammar and Phonetics
SPAN 4350 Advanced Grammar and Phonetics

[2.1.8] Minor in Professional Writing (24 hours)

Required courses (15 hours):

WRTG 2325 Introduction to Rhetoric
WRTG 3305 Writing for Digital Media I
WRTG 3306 Writing for Digital Media II
WRTG 3310 Technical Writing
WRTG 390 Discourse Analysis

Electives (9 hours) from the following:

WRTG 3307 Introduction to Editing
WRTG 4306 Writing for Digital Media III
WRTG 4307 Practical Rhetoric
WRTG 4308 Writing for Change: Advocacy Writing
WRTG 4309 Introduction to Publishing
WRTG 4385 Internship in Writing

[3] Resources

[3.1] The UCA Writing Center

The UCA Writing Center, located in Thompson Hall 109,  http://www.uca.edu/writingcenter, offers individual assistance with all types of writing and oral presentations. Students may schedule time with a trained writing or speech communication assistant and use the center's computers, video cameras, and writing materials to develop essays or presentations for any course at the university. The center also provides handouts explaining documentation styles, common problems in college writing, and electronic research. Call 450-5123 for appointments.

[3.2] The Great Bear Writing Project of Central Arkansas

The Gret Bear Writing Project of Central Arkansas is one of three Arkansas sites of the National Writing Project, a federally funded program that seeks to improve student writings in grades K-12. It has been recognized by the American Association for Higher Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an "outstanding and nationally specific example of how schools and colleges can collaborate to improve American education." Each year the site offers a four-week invitational summer writing institute for K-12 teachers across subject matter areas during which they study contemporary composition theory, experience of the act of writing, devise effective pedagogy, and earn 6 graduate credits. Graduates of this institute become teacher-consultants able to provide in-service workshops to  local educators in teaching writing-across-the-curriculum and join a network of colleagues who meet regularly to renew and update skills and knowledge.

[3.3] The Artists in Residence Series

The Central Arkansas Writing Arts Series invites four to six distinguished writers to the campus each year. Visiting writers conduct workshops for students interested in creative writing and perform readings open to the community.

[4] Courses in Writing (WRTG)

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