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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Aug 24, 2019
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Writing

Program Requirements for a B.A. in Writing

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language of the student’s choice.

Program Requirements for a B.S. in Writing

The Bachelor of Science degree requires that students take the following three courses:

Requirements for a Major in Writing

Students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in writing. The writing major totals 42 credits.

Core Requirements (Credits: 12)

Students should do their best to complete all four core requirements during their first two semesters as a major for the following reasons: 

  • Advanced WRT courses generally require a prerequisite of at least one core course.
  • Core courses will introduce students to a wide range of areas that may help them to better choose their path as a major.
  • Students cannot complete an internship or take the capstone without first completing the four core courses.

Module Requirement (Credits: 18)

Choose three modules and complete two courses from each.

In selecting which modules to take, think about which modules might help best to shape you as the writer you need to be for your future career. If you are uncertain as to which modules might best support your career goals, consult with your advisor. If you are uncertain what your career goals are, it would also be a good idea to talk with your advisor.

While you must complete three separate modules by taking both courses for the module requirement, if you take a course in a module and decide the module is not for you, or perhaps change your career goals, you can always use the single course to count toward the elective requirement.

Writing Electives (Credits: 6)

The writing electives offer you further flexibility to design your curriculum to suit your future career. For example, you can choose WRT courses that are not part of the modules above. In some instances, you may be able to choose elective courses that also count towards completion of another major or minor (be sure to verify this by talking to advisors in both disciplines).

Choose any two from the following:

  • Any WRT Module course other than those you are using to satisfy the module requirement

Internship and Capstone Courses (Credits: 6)

Students must have senior standing and complete all core courses prior to registering for the Capstone.

Students should begin planning their internship experience well in advance. Consult the WRT Internship Guide for more information.

Writing Program Description

Click here for the program description.