Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in English with a Fully Online Writing Concentration is a fully available online degree that incorporates disciplines other than English to hone students’ creative and professional writing skills. This program emphasizes the rhetorical, linguistic, and technological context of writing in a variety of genres and media. This program prepares its students for careers that require professional writing such as technical writers, editors, and trainers. Students can also take creative writing classes to advance their skills in creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama.

All bachelor degree candidates must take at least 39 credit hours of the Robert Morris Core of general education courses. This includes courses in subject areas such as Economics, History, Math Reasoning, Psychology, Natural Science, and Sociology. The required general education English classes are: Study of Literature, Study of Essay, Study of Language, and Study of Rhetoric. These core classes are required by Robert Morris University so that all of their graduates will have the ability to effectively use tools, techniques, and skills appropriate to their profession, to incorporate a variety of technological and informational resources to gather and synthesize information, to create, to communicate, to be able to manage knowledge, to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and to act with integrity and honesty when in ethical situations.

An English major in the Fully Online Writing Concentration program must take 27 credit hours of English courses as well as an additional eighteen hours of concentration courses. The required courses in English are: Introduction to Writing Creative Prose Fiction-Non-Fiction, Introduction to Writing Poetry and Drama, and History of the English Language.

Additionaly, six hours of literature classes are also required. A student can choose from some of the following: African American Literature, Children’s Literature, Classics and Counter Traditions, Women and Literature, and Shakespeare.

The Capstone project students focus on a single genre and write a play, a short story, an essay, a book of poems, or a novel. The concentration track of courses allows the student to choose six writing seminars. These seminars include: Writing Poetry, Writing Non-Fiction, Writing Practices and Theories, and Instructional Media Design. Students must also complete a capstone project. The capstone project had students focus on a single genre and write a play, a short story, an essay, a book of poems, or a novel.

Students in this major must also take a minimum of 24 credits in other liberal arts subject areas. The program suggests that students use these open electives to take courses in a field in which they might write. Suggested courses include: Online Psychology and Sociology courses, Engineering courses, and Media Management.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Robert Morris University is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Moon Township, which is a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1921 as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy. In 1962, the school purchased 230 acres which is at its current location. A short time later, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted the school permission to award associates degrees, and the school became Robert Morris Junior College. Around 2002, the university changed to its present day name.

    RMU continues to offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees through following 5 academic schools:

    • School of Business
    • School of Communications and Information Systems
    • School of Nursing and Health Sciences
    • School of Education and Social Sciences
    • School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

    RMU additionally offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following fully online programs.


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