Bachelor of Arts in English (Writing and Rhetoric)

Website: https://twu.edu/english-speech-foreign-languages/undergraduate-program/

The Writing and Rhetoric track provides students with training in the many genres they will encounter as writers in professional settings and includes several courses taught in our cutting-edge Digital Composition Lab. Courses focus on developing the ability to compose in a variety of media for professional and general audiences, often providing opportunities to work with clients in the community. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Internship course for additional hands-on experience. This track prepares students for careers in publishing, non-profits, social media, public relations, and grant writing, among many other fields. Students interested in graduate study in Writing, Rhetoric, and related fields will find a strong foundation in this track. While many courses for this program may be taken online, it is not an online degree.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Communicate effectively to diverse audiences using a range of media and technology.
  2. Organize, synthesize, and evaluate the credibility of information, such as, but not limited to, a range of academic and non-academic sources, and use this knowledge to make ethical decisions.
  3. ​Use effective research strategies to inform argument-driven projects.

Admissions

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 42 SCH  Minor required: 18 SCH

Program Code: ENGLISH.BA  CIP Code: 23.0101.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Course Required for Major

English Major Core (for all tracks)9
Introduction to English Studies
Introduction to the Study of World Literature
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Genre Studies (Select two of the following)6
Drama
Fiction
Poetry
Film and Literature
Genre Studies
Linguistics3
Introduction to Linguistics
Rhetoric and Writing Track Requirements
Surveys (Select two of the following)6
British Literature to 1760
British Literature from 1760 to Present
American Literature: Colonial through Romantic
American Literature: Realism to the Present
ENG 3233Advanced Expository Writing3
ENG 4363Digital Rhetoric3
ENG 4473Topics in Writing and Rhetoric3
ENG 4983Senior Capstone in English3
One 3000- or 4000-level Writing elective3
One 3000- or 4000-level ENG elective3
Total SCHs42

Departmental Requirements

Languages Other Than English (LOTE): at least four courses. Options: 12 SCH in one LOTE, 6 SCH/6 SCH in two LOTEs (including ASL), or 9 SCH in one spoken LOTE/3 SCH in ASL.12
Minor (note: if Spanish is chosen as a minor, additional credits may be required to reach the 120 total SCH requirement)18
Elective3
SPCH 1013Oral Communication3
English Exit Portfolio. All students pursuing a B.A. in English will submit an exit portfolio and portfolio self-assessment during their last semester of course work. This is a degree requirement that students must complete in order to graduate.
Total SCHs36

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA average in the major, earn a C or higher in ENG 3203, and have no more than one D within the major counting towards graduation.

The major requires at least 18 SCH in a minor field. Six of the 18 SCH must be advanced. At least 3 SCH of the 18 SCH must be completed at TWU.

All students must complete three SCH in approved Global Perspectives courses, either in the core or major courses (graduation requirement).

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
SPCH 1013Oral Communication SPCH 13113
Life/Physical Science Core3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Lanuage, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
ENG 3113Introduction to English Studies 3
Foreign Language I3
Mathematics Core3
ENG 3203Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
Foreign Language II3
ENG 3363Introduction to Linguistics 3
Genre Course I (Select 3 SCH)3
Drama  
Fiction  
Poetry  
Film and Literature  
Survey I (Select 3 SCH)3
British Literature to 1760  
British Literature from 1760 to Present  
American Literature: Colonial through Romantic  
American Literature: Realism to the Present  
ENG 3233Advanced Expository Writing 3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
Foreign Language III3
ENG 4363Digital Rhetoric 3
ENG 3033Introduction to the Study of World Literature 3
Genre Course II (Select 3 SCH)3
Drama  
Fiction  
Poetry  
Film and Literature  
Minor 3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
Foreign Language IV3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core 3
ENG Elective (3000 or 4000 level)3
Survey II (Select 3 SCH)3
British Literature to 1760  
British Literature from 1760 to Present  
American Literature: Colonial through Romantic  
American Literature: Realism to the Present  
Minor 3
Wellness CAO Core2
 SCHs 17
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Writing Elective (3000 or 4000 level)3
ENG 4983Senior Capstone in English 3
Minor3
Minor 3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ENG 4473Topics in Writing and Rhetoric 3
Elective3
Minor3
Minor3
 SCHs 12
 Total SCHs:  120