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Writing Emphasis

Elmhurst’s writing concentration is designed for students preparing for careers in publishing, journalism, advertising, and other fields. Courses in this track include fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, and more specialized courses in journalism and business writing.

Writing courses are taught in computerized classrooms with state-of-the-art software. In addition, students have plenty of opportunities to practice their art by writing for our award-winning school newspaper, The Leader, or The MiddleWestern Voice, Elmhurst’s full-color journal of literature and the arts.

Required Courses
Recommended Course Clusters in Writing

Required Courses
Students pursuing an emphasis on writing must complete seven core courses:
ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
ENG 201 Composition III
ENG 455 Portfolio Development for English Writing Majors

Two core literature courses, chosen from:
ENG 321 British Literature I
ENG 345 Shakespeare
ENG 322 British Literature
ENG 351 American Literature I
ENG 352 American Literature II
Two writing courses at the 300 and/or 400-level (see Recommended Course Clusters)

Students also complete three electives, so that the 10-course total includes at least four 400-level courses.


Recommended Course Clusters in Writing
The English Writing emphasis offers students the ability to construct a challenging curriculum from flexible options. These options include coursework in journalism, creative writing, professional writing, and rhetoric and composition. Students may design their own curriculum in consultation with their advisors, or base their work on one of these clusters of recommended courses:

ENG 305 News Writing
ENG 306 Feature Writing
ENG 365 Journalism Practicum
ENG 468 Internship

Professional Writing
ENG 303 Writing in Professional Fields
One additional journalism course
ENG 403 Advanced Professional and Multimedia writing
ENG 468 Internship

Creative Writing
At least two different courses among the following:
ENG 306 Feature Writing
ENG 312 Writing Fiction
ENG 313 Writing Poetry
ENG 410 Advanced Writing Seminar
ENG 412 Advanced Fiction Writing
ENG 415 Literary Theory

Rhetoric and Composition
One journalism course
One creative writing course: ENG 312 or 313
ENG 401 Composition IV: Theory and Research
ENG 410 Advanced Writing Seminar
ENG 415 Literary Theory


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