- All first-year students are required to take IWC 100, which is our introductory writing course. Writing majors should also plan to take English 227 during their first year for a more in-depth introduction to writing fiction, poetry and essays.
- Take a pair of classes (one introductory, one advanced) in the writing genre that interests you most. Pairs are offered in fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry and business/technical writing.
- Beyond your chosen pair, you must choose eight additional writing credits and 16 additional linguistics or literature credits. This can include a co-op or internship in writing.
- Your senior year will culminate with a capstone course, where you apply your practice and study of writing on a substantial academic project.
Writing majors will collect all of their work in a writing portfolio, much of which is constructed during the senior capstone. These portfolios will prove to be invaluable when providing writing samples for graduate school or careers.
There are other suggested ways to get the most out of your writing major.
- Seek out other writing opportunities on campus, such as The Concordian, AfterWork or Djembe.
- Seek out work-study positions that relate to writing, such as the Office of Communications and Marketing or the Academic Enhancement and Writing Center.
- Enter the English department’s annual creative writing contest.
- Join the English Club or a creative writing group to share your work, plan readings and experience the Fargo-Moorhead literary community.
- Take as many literature courses as possible – there’s no such thing as a writer who is not also a reader.
Keep tabs on your progress through your writing major by printing off and referring to this PDF. Clicking the link will open the PDF in a new window.View the Checklist