The proposed revision to the writing concentration major curriculum creates a new opportunity for students who may find themselves drawn to the study of writing but who (in previous years and circumstances) might have been unsure as to the trajectory of their study in the writing concentration. The revision of the curriculum will make clear that students can focus on creative writing and creative non-fiction as well as professional and technical writing. By grouping courses together into the broad categories of "Writing and Rhetoric" and "Creative Writing," while also allowing for students to take courses in either category, the proposed curriculum offers students significantly improved flexibility in how they approach the study and practice of writing in a variety of contexts and for a diverse set of purposes. The expansion of offered courses--courses already in the ENGL bulletin but not attached to any of the English major concentrations (ENGL 470, 471, 472, 485, 486)--means that students will have more opportunities to engage questions about the study and practice of writing in relation to the study of rhetoric in a broad sense. This change will focus the writing concentration on the study and analysis of forms of communication related to writing as well as on deep, sustained practice of composing/producing texts (broadly defined) built on that foundation of study.
This change goes forward with full approval of the English department, confirmed by department vote on 3/17/2017.
Worked with proponent to improve structure and presentation of updated curriculum. (DBM - 4 May 2017)
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Please address the above and return this proposal, through all the channels, by August 28, 2016 at noon in order to be considered for approval by the Faculty Senate at the December meeting. Should your proposal not reach the committee by the stated deadline, the next Curricula and Courses review cycle will begin in September 2017. We are looking forward to your making this cycle.
Faculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We are moving your proposal forward to the Faculty Senate. We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair
Minor changes, addition of courses/focus. No BOT, CHE, or SACS approval needed.
This update will appear in the 2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin to be published 15 February 2018.