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 - 39 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 3170 The Writer as the Cartographer: A Class in Poetry and Memoir
  • ISHU 3180 Roots and Stems of Effective Writing: the Essay
  • ISHU 3183 Writing the Story of Your Life: Creative Nonfiction
  • ISHU 3193 Writing about the Environment
  • ISHU 3240 20th Century American Literature
  • ISHU 3251 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop
  • ISHU 3260 Contemporary American American Fiction
  • ISHU 3330 Write Where You Are
  • ISHU 3383 The Dark Side of the 20th Century
  • ISHU 4090 Writing: Comfortable as a Hearth Rug
  • ISHU 4120 The American Short Story: The Writer and Tradition
  • ISHU 4170 African American Novels
  • ISHU 4171 African American Literature: 1845 - Present
  • ISHU 4180 The Nature of the Hero and How to Create One
  • ISHU 4190 Writing Strategies
  • ISIN 4510 The World of Jane Austen: Exploring the Novels in Historical Context
  • ISIN 4520 Literature in the Digital Age
  • ISLS 3210 The Frost is Hard-Edge and Quick: Metaphor - Making a Final Unity
  • ISLS 3250 The Notion and the Heft of Home
  • ISLS 3300 The Poet in Society
  • ISLS 3360 The Role of Memory and the Human Condition


For more information please reach out to a recruitment coordinator. Call us at 800.346.3882 or email [email protected]

* 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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