Welcome to Arkansas State University!

As Writing Studies scholar Charles Bazerman suggests, Writing Studies is “the study of writing—its production, its circulation, its uses, its role in the development of individuals and societies, and its learning by individuals, social collectives, and historical cultures.” As many new graduates discover, students are often under-exposed to theories and practices of writing as part of their undergraduate education which is unfortunate not only because writing can enrich our personal lives, but also because writing enriches our professional lives.

Thus, the Arkansas State University Writing Studies program aims to familiarize students with the guiding research, theories, genres, and practices of Writing Studies and provide them with the professional experience in writing needed to be successful in today’s world. Students who declare a Writing Studies Minor will have access to a broad range of Writing Studies courses, ranging from Technical Writing to Creative Writing, and internship opportunities in professional tutoring, research, publishing, marketing, or teaching, all aimed at enriching students’ personal and professional lives.

If you have questions about the Writing Studies Minor, please contact Dr. Costello at kcostello@astate.edu. 

General Track


BSE - English students may substitute EDEN 4553, Methods and Materials for Teaching English in the Secondary School for the Preceptorship and Internship. BSE-English students may also substitute ENG 4043 Theory in the Teaching of Composition as one of their Writing Studies Electives. THEA 4313 and CMP 3403 cannot be used by students majoring in the College of Media & Communication to fulfill this minor. Creative Writing courses may be repeated with various topics.

Sem. Hrs.

ENG 3033, Introduction to Writing Studies

3

ENG 4711, Preceptorship in Writing Studies

1

ENG 4722, Internship in Writing Studies

2

Elective from Professional Writing Track

(ENG 3003, ENG 3013, ENG 3043, ENG 4703, or ENG 3053)

3

Elective from Creative Writing Track

(ENG 3023, ENG 4023, THEA 4313, or CMP 3403)

3

Electives in Writing Studies

6

Total Required Hours:

18

 

Creative Writing Track


BSE - English students may substitute EDEN 4553, Methods and Materials for Teaching English in the Secondary School for the Preceptorship and Internship. BSE-English students may also substitute ENG 4043 Theory in the Teaching of Composition as one of their Writing Studies Electives. THEA 4313 and CMP 3403 cannot be used by students majoring in the College of Media & Communication to fulfill this minor.

Sem. Hrs.

ENG 3033, Introduction to Writing Studies

3

ENG 3023, Creative Writing and/or ENG 4023, Advanced Creative Writing

(Creative Writing courses may be repeated with various topics; may also include either THEA 4313 Fundamentals of Playwriting or CMP 3403 Screenwriting for Narrative Motion Pictures)

9

ENG 4711, Preceptorship in Writing Studies

1

ENG 4722, Internship in Writing Studies

2

Elective in Writing Studies

3

Total Required Hours:

18

Professional Writing Track


BSE - English students may substitute EDEN 4553, Methods and Materials for Teaching English in the Secondary School for the Preceptorship and Internship and ENG 4043 Theory in the Teaching of Composition as one of their Writing Studies Electives. Intro to Digital Writing can be substituted for ENG3013 Practical Writing or ENG 3043 Technical Writing or serve as an elective. 

Sem. Hrs.

ENG 3003, Advanced Composition

3

ENG 3013, Practical Writing

3

ENG 3033, Introduction to Writing Studies

3

ENG 3043, Technical Writing

3

ENG 4711, Preceptorship in Writing Studies

1

ENG 4722, Internship in Writing Studies

2

Elective in Writing Studies

3

Total Required Hours:

18