About the Writing Studies B.A.
The writing studies major at UMD offers concentrations in Journalism or Professional Writing. Both tracks require 40 semester credits, which include core courses, required courses, and electives. The program begins with the history of writing practices and moves into the study of genres, systems of production and distribution, and related institutions. Drawing from the resources of linguistics, students develop an understanding of the relationship between writing, cognition and communication.
Written communication skills are consistently reiterated as essential to professional success for the individual. Effective writers, by the same token, are essential to the operation of business, government and civic life. In alignment with the endeavors of the geographical region, writing studies majors have potential for leadership in research tourism, mine development, medicine, journalism, government agencies, and graduate studies.
Writing studies majors develop skills in the analysis of rhetorical situations, and learn to think reflectively and critically about their role as writers for professional and civic life. Our students gain insight in the selection of media, and learn how to produce texts appropriate for a variety of discourse communities. Because of the engaging faculty in the Writing Studies Department and the content of the major, students receive an excellent college experience and are prepared for a fulfilling career after they graduate.
In addition to the major, students are required to minor in another field of study. Or, a double major in another subject at UMD is strongly recommended, since this allows students to further enhance their diversity of skills and grow their interests throughout their four years at UMD.
For more information on the Writing Studies B.A., visit the UMD course catalog.
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