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Writing major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Clubs & Organizations

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

M. E. Tappmeyer
Chair, Department of Language and Literature
(417) 328-1683

Visit the Department of Language website for more information.

Master effective writing skills.

From academic writing to practical writing to creative writing, you will be trained in a variety of writing styles through a combination of writing and literature courses—all taught in a Christian environment.

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn in an academic community of writers that wants you to succeed.
  • Understand the imagination as a powerful, God-given capability that, used well, serves the purposes of the Kingdom.
  • A primary component of English studies, written communication is essential in the practical world, but it is also a potent instrument for making that world more human.

Engaged Learning

The imagination is an essential element for students studying writing, for academic, creative, and practical writing draw upon students’ powers of forming mental images and concepts.  Studies in writing equip students to use this capability.  

Course Information

A Bachelor of Arts in Writing requires 36 hours of courses in addition to 42 hours of general education courses and 16-18 hours of graduation requirements. Required courses include Advanced Composition, 6 hours of creative writing courses, 6 hours of practical writing courses, 15 hours of literary study, 3 hours of linguistic study, and 3 hours of writing electives.

Clubs and Organizations

Students who enjoy writing poetry can join Author Unknown, a poetry society that fosters the development of poets. The Department of Language and Literature also sponsors a chapter of the international honor society Sigma Tau Delta.


The Department of Language and Literature awards a number of private competitive scholarships based on a student’s GPA, contribution to the department, and career potential.

Career Opportunities

Written communication is a skill necessary for those going to graduate school, but it is also essential in many careers, including those in education, public service, business, management, the professions of law and medicine, the media, the corporate world, and the ministry.

Degree Requirements

WRT/ENG 3353 Advanced Composition
Advanced expository writing, based on a study of contemporary prose.
WRT/ENG 4003 Technical Writing
The application of rhetorical principles to the writing of investigative and descriptive reports on scientific and technological studies.
ENG 3373 Structure of the English Literature
Detailed study of current English sounds, grammar and usage.
Writing Elective (3 hours)
Two of the following:
WRT/ENG 3013 Writing Poetry
A workshop in the writing of original poetry, based on a study of poetic characteristics and genres.
WRT/ENG 4013 Writing Short Fiction
A workshop in short fiction writing utilizing readings from varying fiction genres and peer/instructor feedback.
WRT/THR 4053 The Art and Craft of Playwriting
A study and practicum of the art of playwriting. Emphasis on reading and writing plays.
One of the following:
BUS 2013 Business Communications
A general introduction to the uses of communication in the business world today. Four major sections include basic language usage; communication foundations and writing principles; business letters, memos and emails; and problem analysis and report writing.
COM 3373 Newspaper Writing and Editing
An emphasis upon the essentials of journalism writing. Special attention to principles and skills required to gather, write and edit newspaper stories.
MKT 3083 Advertising
This course is designed as a creative, innovative introduction to advertising. Types of advertising media, copy and style will be evaluated, and emphasis will be placed on creativeness in advertising. This course will include films, guest speakers, field trips and creative advertising projects.
Two of the following:
ENG 3313 American Literature I
Literature of America from Colonial Period to Romantic Period.
ENG 3323 American Literature II
Literature of America from Age of Realism to present.
ENG 4483 The American Novel
Representative American novels from Colonial Period to present.
Three of the following:
ENG 3233 Medieval and Renaissance English Literature
Literature of England from Beowulf to Shakespeare.
ENG 3243 Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Literature of England from Donne to Boswell.
ENG 3333 The Romantic Period
Literature of England from Blake to Keats.
ENG 3343 The Victorian Period
Literature of England from Tennyson to Hopkins.
ENG/THR 4413 Shakespeare
Tragedies, histories and comedies of Shakespeare.
ENG 4433 Twentieth-Century English Literature
Literature of England from Hardy to Fowles.
ENG 4453 Milton
Life and works of Milton.
ENG 4463 Contemporary Poetry
Poetry of the modern world.