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College of Communication & Creative Arts - Writing Arts

Rowan University

Master of Arts in Writing

Effective for Students Entering Fall 2011 and later

The MA in Writing is a 10 course/30 credit program; students attending full-time typically complete the program in two years. Many students attend part-time and spread coursework out over five or more semesters. All students take a required core of four courses—Core I and II and Seminar I and II (12 credit hours); four courses (12 credits) in a specialized track; two additional courses (6 credits) from any track or, with MA coordinator approval, from another department on campus.

Full course descriptions can be found in the Rowan University Graduate Catalog, begining on p. 35.

 

Core Courses

Core I: Theories and Techniques of Writing (MAWR 01554) to be taken first semester
Core II: Research Methods for Writers (MAWR 01559) to be taken second semester
Seminar I (MAWR 01561) to be taken first semester, second year
Seminar II (MAWR 01571) to be taken second semester, second year

 

Specialized Tracks

Composition studies
Contemporary Rhetoric (MAWR 01546)
Issues in Composition Studies (MAWR 01549)
Writing for Electronic Communities (MAWR 01555)
Assessment of Writing (MAWR 01556)
Information Architecture (MAWR 01564)
Writing Difference (MAWR 01630)

Creative writing/Journalism
Writing Freelance Features (MAWR 01557)
Fiction Workshop (MAWR 01558)
Editing the Literary Journal (MAWR 01566)
Poetry Workshop (MAWR 02505)
Creative Nonfiction Workshop (MAWR 02515)
Writing the Novel (MAWR 02520)
Writing and Publishing the Nonfiction Book (MAWR 02521)
Nonfiction Workshop (MAWR 02522)
Writing the Memoir (MAWR 02523)
The Essay: Art and Craft (MAWR 07500)
Writing Stories for Children and Young Adults (MAWR 01620)
Publishing for Creative Writers (MAWR 01622)

New Media
Internet and Writing Studies (MAWR 01620)
Writing for Electronic Communities (MAWR 01555)
Information Architecture (MAWR 01564)
Visual Rhetoric and Multimodal Composition (MAWR 01621)

Additional Courses (offered very occasionally)
Managerial Communication (MAWR 01560)
Technical Writing (MAWR 01565)
Writing for Broadcast (MAWR 02510)

 

Sample Plans of Study

Creative Writing Track, Full-time MA Student

First Fall (9 credits)
Core I
Fiction Workshop
Writing Freelance Features

First Spring (9 credits)
Core II
Poetry Workshop
Information Architecture
Second Fall (6 credits)
Seminar I
Issues in Composition (CS elective)
Second Spring (6 credits)
Seminar II
Writing Stories for Children and Young Adults (CW elective)

New Media Track, Part-time MA Student

First Fall (6 credits)
Core I
Writing for Electronic Communities
First Spring (6 credits)
Core II
Information Architecture
Second Fall (6 credits)
Internet and Writing Studies
Issues in Composition Studies (CS elective)
Second Spring (6 credits)
Visual Rhetoric
Poetry Workshop (CW elective)
Third Fall (3 credits)
Seminar I
Third Spring (3 credits)
Seminar II

Composition Studies Track, Full-time MA Student

First Fall (9 credits)
Core I
Issues in Composition Studies
Fiction Workshop (CW elective)

First Spring (9 credits)
Core II
Assessment of Writing
Information Architecture
Second Fall (6 credits)
Seminar I
Writing for Electronic Communities
Second Spring (6 credits)
Seminar II
Writing Stories for Children and Young Adults (CW elective)


(Course selection varies from year to year; the tables above present realistic but hypothetical scenarios only.)