Writing Studies

Whether it be in a creative, technical or professional context--compelling writing impacts the world. Learn to think critically and creatively and to write effectively for a variety of purposes in a wide range of genres.

Writing Studies prepares you to be verbally and visually literate, encouraging your growth as a learner, citizen and professional. You can choose to specialize in either Creative Writing or Technical Communication.

In this major you will learn to:

  • Write in multiple genres for diverse audiences.
  • Apply writing and communication design skills in multiple contexts and for a range of purposes.
  • Develop an effective and self-aware writing process from invention to production.
  • Collaborate effectively in writing and information design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of writing in creating knowledge through artistic expression, critical inquiry and applied research.
  • Develop the ability to learn, adapt and use technologies and new media essential to their lives and careers.

Writing Studies Creative Writing track

The creative writing track allows you to study both literary and popular forms of writing with support from faculty who publish in these genres.

The creative writing track offers a distinctly interdisciplinary curriculum which follows the recommendations of the Association of Writing Programs (AWP), the national professional creative writing association.

Gain professional experience as an editor or writer through the school newspaper, The Ledger, or through Tahoma West, UW Tacoma's student-run literary and arts magazine. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Puget Sound's vibrant literary community through internships at local arts and publishing organizations.

This track provides a strong educational base for those who wish to pursue a master's degree in Fine Arts.

Writing Studies Technical Communication track

Develop skills needed to communicate complex information in a way that is usable, compelling and grounded in user-centered design. Learn how to identify audience needs and make changes based on applied research. 

Courses in writing, research and technical topics emphasize real-world design projects as you develop creatively and collaborative problem-solving skills.

The technical communication track positions you for careers in technical writing, user experience (UX) and usability as well as other fields where scientific and technical writing plays a central role. Gain professional experience through internships and working with community partners.

Writing Studies Prerequisites

The following lower-division prerequisites will be necessary for declaring the Writing Studies major. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each prerequisite course.

Career Options

The major in Writing Studies provides students with solid skills for seeking employment involving writing, including careers in education, publishing, public relations, grant writing and marketing. 

Writing Studies Degree Requirements

For the creative writing track, you need to complete 65 credits. You need to earn 45 upper-division credits and 45 credits of School of IAS courses to meet degree requirements. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, to earn a bachelor of arts degree in your chosen major.

For questions about the Writing Studies major, contact advisor Susan Morreira or the Writing Studies major coordinator, Assistant Professor Michael Kula.

Writing Studies - Creative Writing track degree requirements

  • List A: 10 credits, foundational courses
  • List B: 25 credits, 300-400 level creative writing courses
  • List C: 15 credits, literature breadth
  • List D: 15 credits, technical/professional communication breadth

Writing Studies - Creative Writing track course lists effective Autumn 2017

List A: Foundational Courses (10 credits total)

List B: Creative Writing Courses (25 credits total)

At least 10 credits must be 400 level.

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List C: Literature breadth (15 credits total)

5 credits must be from TLIT 390:

At least 5 credits at the 300-400 level in a literature other than American literature:

The final 5 credits may be from the list above OR any 300-400 level TLIT course.

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List D: Technical/professional communication breadth (15 credits total)

Writing Studies - Creative Writing track course lists prior to autumn 2017

List A: Foundational Courses (10 credits total)

List B: Creative Writing Courses (20 credits total)

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List C: Literature breadth (15 credits total)

List D: Technical/professional communication breadth (15 credits total)

For the technical communication track, you need to complete 65 credits. You need to earn 45 upper-division credits and 45 credits of School of IAS courses to meet degree requirements. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, in order to earn a bachelor of arts degree in your chosen major.

Writing Studies - Technical Communication track degree requirements

  • List A: 10 credits, foundational courses
  • List B: 20 credits, technical communication core courses
  • List C: 35 credits, breadth in creative, scientific and technical topics

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Writing Studies - Technical Communication track course lists

List A: Foundational Courses (10 credits total)

List B: Technical Communication Core Courses (20 credits total)

List C: Breadth in creative, scientific and technical topics (35 credits total)

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 Additional courses may be approved and added to courses lists to provide students more flexibility and options.
Please refer to this page often for the most up-to-date information.

To request changes to this page, please contact Kelly Kledzik at kellyk6@uw.edu.