College of Communication & Creative Arts - Writing Arts
Welcome to the Department of Writing Arts.
We are an independent writing department housed in the College of Communication and Creative Arts at Rowan University. Unlike the vast majority of writing majors, we are not part of an English Department. Indeed, we are the only department in the country with the name Writing Arts. We believe that our name reflects the uniqueness of our offerings.
Our multiple programs in Writing Arts increase students’ understanding of the multiple facets of written communication. Through a variety of courses and learning experiences in creative, academic, new media and applied writing, students learn to become flexible, adaptable writers, ready to bring advanced writing, reading and critical thinking skills to the workplace. As one of the few departments of writing in the U.S., Writing Arts is uniquely positioned to help you learn to communicate effectively within our dynamic culture.
The Department boasts award-winning professors who are publishing in a myriad of genres and media. From online to in print, from novels to nonfiction, from the scholarly to the creative, we are active writers engaging word, text and image in our work.
In addition, the Department of Writing Arts was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Conference on College Composition and Communication in 2004, the award’s inaugural year.
This article provides a brief look at our major.
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Sanford Tweedie, Chair
Our Mission: The Department of Writing Arts develops students' academic achievement, professional success, and personal growth through its first-year writing program, concentration in creative writing, undergraduate major, graduate certificates, and Master's in Writing. By combining the best of rhetorical and educational traditions with appropriate state-of-the-practice technology and innovative teaching, the Department advances students' understanding of written communication within our dynamic culture. Through scholarly and creative activity, interdisciplinary collaboration and community outreach, the Department forges connections with a wide range of individuals and institutions. Writing Arts-focused both on the art and craft of writing-meets the needs for an articulate, informed citizenry with enthusiasm, creativity, and rigor.