English: Writing and Literature - BA

Please note that this program will not be offered for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

The English: Writing and Literature bachelor's degree program prepares students to be critical thinkers and professional writers while developing the global and cultural awareness that traditional literary analysis can offer. Core courses provide theoretical and applied knowledge of the craft of writing, building the skill that employers seek the most — effective communication. Students are prepared for a variety of career fields including journalism, publishing, business, education and media communications.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate excellence in both written and verbal communication skills.
  • Analyze the universality and diversity of the human experience through examples from literature, writing and new media.
  • Analyze complex ideas and texts in both traditional and digital environments.
  • Apply literary and rhetorical theory to texts and writing.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the processes of professional writing, such as drafting, revising, editing and publishing.

Students customize their degree through one of two areas of specialization — professional writing or literature — shaping their own academic experience and career interests. The program provides flexibility with free electives that engage literary texts from a variety of genres, authors and cultures, as well as writing courses in fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including those focused on travel, food, fashion, sports and more. Additionally, in their capstone course, students complete a writing portfolio as a culmination of the program in their area of specialization and to position them well to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of fields.

English: Writing and Literature

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of arts degree

Major Courses
ENG2010Technical Writing4.5
ENG2500Histories and Theories of Rhetoric and Composition4.5
ENG4900Reading and Writing Life: Senior Portfolio Assessment4.5
LIT1020Introduction to Literary Genres4.5
LIT3120Masterpieces of World Literature4.5
MCST2030Media Texts4.5
MCST2400Writing for Publication4.5
MCST2450Writing in Digital Media4.5
Choose two of the following:9
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature Survey I
British Literature Survey II
Required Specialization
At least 3 of the 5 courses in Area of Specialization must be at 3000 level or higher; at least 1 of them must be at 4000 level22.5
Choose five of the following:
Introduction to Newswriting
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Creative Writing
History of English Grammar
Technical Editing
Report and Proposal Writing
Instruction and Manual Writing
Advanced Business Communication
Introduction to Food Writing
Introduction to Travel Writing
Introduction to Sports Writing
Introduction to Fashion Writing
Literary Editing and Publishing
Intermediate Creative Writing
Intermediate Nonfiction Writing
Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop
Writing for Radio, Television and Film
Choose five of the following:
Introduction to Film
Literary Editing and Publishing
African-American Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
Studies In The Short Story
Multi-Ethnic Literature
British Literature Survey I
British Literature Survey II
Studies In Drama
Food In Film And Literature
Studies In Poetry
The Graphic Novel
Science Fiction
American Film
Major Electives *
Choose 13.5 credits from the course offerings listed in the Writing and Literature specializations 13.5
Applied/Experiential Learning
CAR0010Career Management1
Choose three of the following: *13.5
Study Abroad - Exchange Program **
Marketing Communications
Media Strategy
Public Relations and Corporate Communications
Creative Concepts and Strategy
English: Writing and Literature Internship **
Conversational French I
Conversational French II
Conversational French III
Principles of Composition & Design
Screen Design & Coding I
Imaging for Digital Media
User Experience and Content Design I
Motion Graphics I
Basics of Screen Design & Coding
Content Management Systems
Basics of Print Design
Motion Graphics II
Digital Video I
Digital Video II
Conversational German I
Conversational German II
Conversational German III
The Legal Environment of Business I
Sports, Entertainment and Event Management Law
Principles of Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Introduction to the Sports, Entertainment and Event Management Industry
The Business of the Entertainment Industry
New Media Literacy in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management
Concert and Event Production
Television and Movie Production Management
Conversational Spanish I
Conversational Spanish II
Conversational Spanish III
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts & Humanities9
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL, or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
One MATH-designated course
One course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI
Social Sciences9
Two courses from different disciplines: ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university22.5
Total Credits181.0

Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites.


Students may choose up to 13.5 internship or study abroad credits. 

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte or Online.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of options for major, Arts & Science and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.