Online BIS in Writing

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The BIS Writing Concentration is designed for students who wish to focus on critical reading, writing and literature. The concentration prepares students for work in a variety of fields, including technical, professional, and grant writing, as well as communications, digital media, marketing, publishing, and management. It is also suitable for students who plan to pursue graduate study in writing (both creative and professional), law, and the humanities.  

Students focusing in Writing complete 18 credits of concentration courses. Students are also required to take two ISLS courses and ISIN 4510 Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences and ISIN 4520 Special Topics in the Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities, 24 credits of degree electives, Capstone I and Capstone II.

Degree elective courses must be outside of the Writing Concentration. These vary by semester and may include courses in disciplines such as anthropology, art, art history, architectural history, business, classics, drama, economics, history, information technology, music, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.  

BIS in Writing Courses:

  • ISHU 3130 The Writing Side of Children’s Literature
  • ISHU 3180 Roots and Stems of Effective Writing: the Essay
  • ISHU 3183 Writing the Story of Your Life: Creative Nonfiction
  • ISHU 3185 Literature About the Body
  • ISHU 3240 20th Century American Literature
  • ISHU 3251 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop
  • ISHU 3340 Writing About the Road
  • ISHU 4190 Writing Strategies
  • ISHU 4315 The World of Jane Austen: Exploring the Novels in Historical Context
  • ISLS 3250 The Notion and the Heft of Home
  • ISLS 3300 The Poet in Society
  • ISLS 3350 Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Literature
  • ISSS 4850 Great Books in Globalization
  • ISSS 4041 Crime, Misery and Vice: the Victorian Underworld


For more information please reach out to an Enrollment Advisor. Call us at 800.346.3882 or email SCPSINQUIRY@VIRGINIA.EDU

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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