Writing

As an undergraduate degree, Stritch's Writing major makes possible a concentration on writing of all types, including poetry, fiction, persuasive and creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. In writing workshops, students will practice the craft of writing, while in literature classes they will learn about the rich history of the English language. We believe that the imaginative exercise of reading and writing instills appreciation for beauty, connects us to the Franciscan tradition, and models lifelong learning for each other and for our students.  The study of literature further enables students to expand their horizons, to understand the universals of the human condition, and to deepen their awareness of human nature in all its diversity.

​Many graduates also go on to pursue a graduate degree in a variety of disciplines, including law school. A degree in English tells future employers that you can think, analyze, and write —increasingly rare skills in the 21st century workplace. It tells the world that you understand how meaning gets made, why context matters, and what motives people. Beyond classroom experiences, you can also take advantage of internship opportunities to help determine your career path. The English and Writing Department believes in the importance of critical thinking, reading, and writing as a means of understanding the past and present and thinking wisely about the future.

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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
●  Tuition/Semester: $14,422 (2017-18)
●  Tuition/Year: $28,844 (2017-18)

We believe that the imaginative exercise of reading and writing instills appreciation for beauty, connects us to the Franciscan tradition, and models lifelong learning for each other and for our students.  The study of literature further enables students to expand their horizons, to understand the universals of the human condition, and to deepen their awareness of human nature in all its diversity.

As an undergraduate degree, Stritch's Writing major makes possible a concentration on writing of all types, including poetry, fiction, persuasive and creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. In writing workshops, students will practice the craft of writing, while in literature classes they will learn about the rich history of the English language.

​Many graduates also go on to pursue a graduate degree in a variety of disciplines, including law school. A degree in English tells future employers that you can think, analyze, and write —increasingly rare skills in the 21st century workplace. It tells the world that you understand how meaning gets made, why context matters, and what motives people. Beyond classroom experiences, you can also take advantage of internship opportunities to help determine your career path.

Writing Major: 36 credits (exclusive of EN 101, 102 and 150)
Required courses for major: EN 208, 315, 316, 317, 333, 412, 415; one of the following EN 228, 308, 315, 316, 317, 318 (EN 315, 316, 317 may be repeated for credit); at least one of the following EN 304,  249, 325, 230, 235; at least one of the following EN 303, 250, 340, 243; at least one other 200-level or above literature class EN 205, 211, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 230, 235, 243, 249, 250, 303, 304, 307, 309, 325, 340, and three credits from EN 403 or 400 internships (1-3 credits).
 
Creative Writing Minor: 18 Credits (exclusive of EN 101, 102 and 150)
Required courses for minor: EN 208, 315, 316, 317, 415 and at least one of the following: EN 403 (to be taken for no more than 3 credits total) or EN 400 (1-3 credits).
 
Professional Writing Minor: 18 Credits (exclusive of EN 101, 102 and 150)
Required courses for the minor: EN 208, 228, 229, 308, CA 252 and CS 230.

NOTE: A minimum of a “C” (2.0) is required for each course in the English or Writing major or minor.  A student earning a grade lower than the minimum acceptable grade in any course in the major or minor may repeat the course only once at Stritch. A student who receives a second unsatisfactory grade in any course in the major or minor will be dismissed from the major or minor field.
 
An English or Writing major or minor may only take a maximum of six OCICU credits in the major.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Admission Requirements


Freshman Applicants

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Request Transcripts
    Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.
  • Send ACT or SAT Scores
    Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Transfer Student Applicants

  • Complete the Admissions Application 
    Submit the  admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Request Transcripts
    Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. 
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you  obtain an F-1 student visa.

Contact Admissions


Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4040 or (800) 347-8822
Email: admissions@stritch.edu  

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students locate all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.
 

Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

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