The BA program in Writing, Literature, and Publishing will provide you with knowledge of literary history and forms from diverse theoretical and cultural perspectives, as well as skills to read, think, and write critically. You will acquire skills in information literacy and creative writing, with the goal of developing works in one or more literary genres.

Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing

The BA program in Writing, Literature and Publishing will provide you with knowledge of literary history and forms from diverse theoretical and cultural perspectives, as well as skills to read, think, and write critically. You will acquire skills in information literacy and creative writing, with the goal of developing works in one or more literary genres.

Program Requirements

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of literary history and of literary forms.
  2. Read, think, and write critically.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of research skills.
  4. Display creative writing skills in one or more of the literary genres. 

The BA degree in WLP requires 52 credits in the following (no more than 4 credits of internship may be used toward the major):

Number Course Credits
LI 120 Introduction to Literary Studies 4
LI 201 Literary Foundations 4

One course from the following:

Number Course Credits
LI 202 U.S./American Literatures 4
LI 203 Literatures in English 4
  • Four courses from any of the 300-level Literature courses
  • One course from any of the 400-level Literature courses

One course from the following:

Number Course Credits
PB 207 Introduction to Magazine Writing 4
WR 211-216 Introduction to Creative Writing 4

One course from the following:

Number Course Credits
PB 307 Intermediate Magazine Writing 4
WR 311-317 Intermediate Creative Writing 4

Two courses from the following:

Number Course Credits
PB 302 Copyediting 4
PB 380 Magazine Publishing Overview 4
PB 383 Book Publishing Overview 4
PB 395 Applications for Print Publication 4

One course in Literature, Publishing, or Writing at the 200 level or above

Literature Concentration 

The undergraduate faculty of Writing, Literature and Publishing is committed to the following learning objectives for the BA in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program with a Literature concentration.

Program Requirements

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of literary history and of literary forms.
  2. Read, think, and write critically.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge in research skills.
  4. Apply their knowledge of literary and critical discourse through a culminating capstone project.

Students take courses in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, magazine writing, and publishing, in addition to courses in literature that ground them in the English-language traditions and introduce them to other traditions.

Required Courses

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing with a Literature concentration complete 52 credit hours in the following:

Number Course Credits
LI 120 Introduction to Literary Studies 4
LI 201 Literary Foundations 4

One course from the following:

Number Course Credits
LI 202 U.S./American Literatures 4
LI 203 Literature in English 4
  • Five courses from any of the 300-level or 400-level Literature courses
  • One course from any of the 400-level or 500-level Literature courses

One course from the following:

Number Course Credits
PB 207 Introduction to Magazine Writing 4
WR 211-216 Introduction to Creative Writing 4

One course from the following:

Number Course Credits
PB 307 Intermediate Magazine Writing 4
WR 311-317 Intermediate Creative Writing 4

Two courses from the following:

Number Course Credits
PB 302 Copyediting 4
PB 380 Magazine Publishing Overview 4
PB 383 Book Publishing Overview 4
PB 395 Applications for Print Publication 4
  • One course in Literature, Publishing, or Writing at the 200 level or above
  • LI 490 Senior Literature Thesis (Capstone project)

Publishing Concentration

The undergraduate faculty of Writing, Literature and Publishing is committed to the following learning objectives for the BA in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program with a Publishing concentration.

Program Requirements

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of literary history and of literary forms.
  2. Read, think, and write critically.
  3. Demonstrate skills in writing, editing, design, production, and business as they relate to print and digital publishing environments.
  4. Distinguish between global publishing models and understand their strengths and weaknesses in reaching diverse audiences.

Students take introductory and advanced publishing courses, in addition to courses in literature that ground them in the English-language traditions and introduce them to other traditions.

Required Courses

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing with a Publishing concentration complete 52 credit hours. No more than 4 credits of internship (PB 499) may be used toward the credits required for the BA degree. Taken together, the two required 400-level courses serve as a capstone experience, giving students the opportunity to explore specific aspects of publishing in depth and prove their mastery of writing, editing, design, production and/or business skills.

Number Course Credits
LI 120 Introduction to Literary Studies 4
LI 201 Literary Foundations 4

One course from the following:

Number Course Credits
LI 202 U.S./American Literatures 4
LI 203 Literatures in English 4

Two courses from any of the 300-level or 400-level Literature courses

Two courses from the following:

Number Course Credits
PB 203 Introduction to Electronic Publishing 4
PB 204 Introduction to Book Publishing 4
PB 207 Introduction to Magazine Writing 4

Two courses from the following:

Number Course Credits
PB 302 Copyediting 4
PB 380 Magazine Publishing Overview 4
PB 383 Book Publishing Overview 4
PB 395 Applications for Print Publication 4
  • One course in Publishing at the 300-level
  • Two courses in Literature at the 400-level, including SA 400, Partnered Studio
  • One course in Literature, Publishing, or Writing at the 200 level or above