2013 - 2014
Undergraduate Catalogue

Writing

Office: Humanities Center, Room 250d

Telephone: 410-617-2228

Website: www.loyola.edu/writing

FACULTY

Chair: Peggy O'Neill, Professor

Professors: Brian Murray; Peggy O'Neill; Ron Tanner

Associate Professors: Karen Fish; Ilona M. McGuiness; Cindy Moore; Jane Satterfield

Assistant Professors: H. Allen Brizee; Margaret Musgrove; Terre Ryan; Lisa Zimmerelli

Affiliate Faculty: Ned Balbo; Matthew Hobson; Timothy D. Houghton; Andrea M. Leary


Students interested in writing can pursue the Major in Writing; the Interdisciplinary Major in Writing, which allows students to divide their time evenly between writing and another discipline; or the Minor in Writing. In short, there is great flexibility in a student's program. Those who choose either major will enter a community in which they develop expertise in a broad array of skills and genres. What is more, the Writing Department affords students many opportunities for internships, cocurricular activities, and pre-professional development. Writing majors typically go on to become editors, desktop publishers, teachers, lawyers, reviewers, newsletter managers, and consultants, as well as published authors.

LEARNING AIMS

In writing courses, students read widely across genres, cultures, disciplines, and media to:

  • develop knowledge of the world beyond the self;
  • develop a language of cultivated response;
  • discern rhetorical and stylistic strategies that best suit particular arguments, situations, and audiences;
  • develop an appreciation of language.

In order to produce finished, polished texts that show competence in the standards of English usage and style, students:

  • write widely across genres and for a variety of purposes, showing an ability to adjust style appropriately to audience and situation;
  • develop a distinctive voice with original ideas through frequent practice;
  • situate themselves in a larger intellectual conversation by developing and researching ideas;
  • write multiple drafts of extended works in order to extend the rhetorical strategies addressed in Effective Writing (WR100);
  • develop an ability to critique other's writing constructively and to use the same to effectively work collaboratively through frequent group exercise (workshops) and conferences;
  • learn to use technology to the best advantage of their writing through daily exposure, understanding both the various forms of media and their rhetorical effects.

MAJOR IN WRITING

Requirements for the major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:

Bachelor of Arts

Freshman Year

Fall Term

    EN101 Understanding Literature
    WR100 Effective Writing*
    Language Core
    Math/Science Core
    Social Science Core

Spring Term

    HS101 Europe and the World Since 1500
    WR200 Art of Nonfiction* or
    WR230 Art of Poetry and Fiction
    WR220 Art of Rhetoric*
    English Core
    Language Core or
    Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Term

    PL201 Foundations of Philosophy
    WR200 Art of Nonfiction* or
    WR230 Art of Poetry and Fiction
    WR300-Level Elective*
    History Core
    Social Science Core

Spring Term

    PL200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course
    WR300-Level Elective*
    Natural Science Core
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective

Junior Year

Fall Term

    TH201 Introduction to Theology
    WR300-Level Elective*
    WR300-Level Elective*
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective

Spring Term

    WR300-Level Elective*
    WR300-Level Elective*
    Theology Core
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective

Senior Year

Fall Term

    WR300-Level Elective*
    WR300-Level Elective*
    Ethics Core
    Fine Arts Core
    Elective

Spring Term

    WR300-Level Elective*
    WR400 Senior Seminar: New Writers*
    Math Core
    Elective
    Elective

* Required for major.

  1. WR100 or WR101 is the prerequisite for most upper-level writing courses and must be taken in the freshman year. (Honors students fulfill this prerequisite through HN210.)
  2. All WR300-level courses include a course-appropriate research component.
  3. Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).

INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR IN WRITING

Requirements for the major and an example of a typical program of courses are listed below. Within the typical program, "Type A" courses stand for writing courses, and "Type B" courses stand for courses in the second discipline.

  • WR100 or WR101 or HN210
  • WR200 or WR201
  • WR220 or WR221
  • WR230 or WR231
  • Four WR300- or 400-level courses
  • Five (usually) upper-level courses in another discipline (e.g., English, art, history, modern languages, philosophy, political science, etc.)
  • Senior Seminar: New Writers (WR400)

Bachelor of Arts

Freshman Year

Fall Term

    WR100 Effective Writing*
    Fine Arts Core
    Language Core
    Math/Science Core
    Social Science Core

Spring Term

    WR200 Art of Nonfiction* or
    WR230 Art of Poetry and Fiction
    WR220 Art of Rhetoric*
    EN101 Understanding Literature
    HS101 Europe and the World Since 1500
    Language Core or
    Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Term

    WR200 Art of Nonfiction* or
    WR230 Art of Poetry and Fiction
    PL201 Foundations of Philosophy
    TH201 Introduction to Theology or
    Elective
    English Core
    Math/Science Core

Spring Term

    PL200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course
    Major Course (Type A)*
    Major Course (Type B)*
    History Core
    Math/Science Core

Junior Year

Fall Term

    TH201 Introduction to Theology or
    Elective
    Major Course (Type A)*
    Major Course (Type B)*
    Social Science Core
    Elective

Spring Term

    Major Course (Type A)*
    Major Course (Type B)*
    Theology Core
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective

Senior Year

Fall Term

    Major Course (Type A)*
    Major Course (Type B)*
    Ethics Core
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective

Spring Term

    WR400 Senior Seminar: New Writers*
    Major Course (Type B)*
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective
    Elective

* Required for major.

  1. WR100 or WR101 is the prerequisite for most upper-level writing courses and must be taken in the freshman year. (Honors students fulfill this prerequisite through HN210.)
  2. All WR300-level courses include a course-appropriate research component.
  3. Students who choose the Interdisciplinary Major in Writing and Communication will not be allowed to count any courses twice.
  4. Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).

MINOR IN WRITING

  • WR200 or WR201
  • Five additional WR courses
  • Senior Seminar: New Writers (WR400)

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