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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2021-2022 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Dec 04, 2021
2021-2022 Bradford Campus Catalog

Writing, BA

Contact: Dr. Nancy McCabe

The writing program is designed to give students background for writing in a variety of genres and forms and to help them develop a critical and sensitive use of language for professional and creative application. Students complete a core group of courses before choosing either a creative or a professional concentration. The major includes literature courses that acquaint students with the tradition of writing in English and that serve as models for their own writing.

Writers can work professionally in journalism, arts administration, technical writing, publishing, communications, public relations, teaching, and business. Writing majors can pursue graduate study in creative writing, journalism, communications, business, law, education, or literature.

Degree Requirements

Requirements in Literature

One course from each of the following groupings, including at least one course at the 1300 level or above

Total credits in the major: 39

Professional Writing Track Requirements

General Education Program Requirements and Electives-Variable

(See General Education Program  and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree  under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

*Students majoring in writing are required to complete a minor in a related area of study approved by their advisors.

Please be advised

Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

Suggested Course of Study BA in Writing

First Year

Credits: 33

Second Year

  • Writing core courses - 10 Credits
  • Literature course - 3 Credits
  • Minor courses - 6 Credits
  • General education courses - 12 Credits

Credits: 31

Third Year

  • Writing core course - 3 Credits
  • Writing courses - 7 Credits
  • Literature course - 3 Credits
  • Minor course - 3 Credits
  • General education courses - 15 Credits

Credits: 31

Fourth Year

  • Writing course - 3 Credits
  • Writing elective - 3 Credits
  • Capstone - 3 Credits
  • Minor courses - 6 Credits
  • General education courses and electives - 13 Credits

Credits: 28

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