Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The writing major is designed for students interested in writing and wanting to pursue a career in editing, writing, publishing, business, advertising and other related areas. A writing major is also good preparatory work for graduate studies in law, theology, business, marketing and communication arts. Students who select the writing major study the basics of both literary and technical writing, but they are able to design their programs so as to emphasize one or the other.

Katy Miller"I chose the writing major because it offers me the opportunity to learn several different kinds of writing in preparation for future jobs or graduate school. I love writing for the student newspaper, and I have learned so much from my writing professors. They not only enhance my passion for English language and literature but also individually encourage me, inspire me and support my goals."

Student: Katy
Major: Writing
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Students interested in literary writing take courses acquainting them with modern literature and training them in writing in various genres such as fiction, poetry and drama. They learn to improve their writing skills and express their creativity effectively, and they have opportunities to attend off-campus workshops and to submit their work for publication. 

Students interested in technical writing focus on editing, publishing, writing and web design in the corporate world, such as brochures, manuals, newsletters, business reports, advertisements and web pages. Students learn how to write for specific audiences and purposes, to access and evaluate information, to revise for clarity and conciseness and to design and format appropriate layouts. Students also learn computer skills for research, desktop publishing and presentations, and they receive practical experience in on- or off-campus internships.

Concentration areas

Art: An art concentration can benefit writing majors who help design brochures, web pages and other documents involving graphics.

English as a Second Language (for English literature and writing majors): Many students majoring in Writing go on to teach English in foreign countries. The ESL concentration is designed to help prepare English or writing students for such work abroad. (No prerequisites required.)

Journalism: Writing majors often work in the world of journalism: newspapers, magazines, etc. A journalism concentration can help prepare students for this workplace.

Pre-law (for English literature and writing majors): The writing and English literature majors are excellent programs for students interested in pursuing a legal career because they foster communication and critical thinking skills.

Literature: The literature concentration provides a knowledge of the development of genres, of historical influences on literature, of major literary figures and of significant minority writers who have contributed to the rich diversity of American multicultural heritage.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities
  • Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. Its central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.
  • The English Club meets periodically for poetry readings and various social events. The club is open to English and writing majors as well as to any students who enjoy literature and writing.
  • Promethia is ORU's literary magazine that showcases poetry, essays, short stories and black-and-white photography created by ORU students, faculty and staff. Produced annually by students, Promethia seeks to display the finest literary efforts of the ORU community.
  • Walden Weekend, an annual retreat held in early fall, enables students to escape the commotion of urban life and to leisurely read and write in the woods of eastern Oklahoma.
  • The C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society has a chapter at ORU. Functioning like a campus club, the society hosts academic conferences, Tolkienfest, and many social events throughout the year.
What can you expect?

Writing majors can look forward to career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Editing
  • Technical writing
  • Writing for media
  • Fiction writing
  • Business communications
  • Advertising
What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Writing! Writing majors enjoy a wide variety of writing opportunities in many venues—short stories, poetry, script writing, manuals, grant proposals, brochures, Web sites, news stories, editing, proofreading and copyediting. They will develop a writer's discipline and learn to communicate effectively through written words.

Course Offerings Include
  • Introduction to Writing
  • Writing Workshop: Revision
  • Structure of Modern English
  • Writing Workshop: Copyediting
  • Writing Workshop: Diction
  • Literary Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Literary Genres
  • Major Writers
  • Contemporary Literature
  • The Modern Period
  • History of the English Language

Degree Plan

Degree in Three

Contact the English and Modern Language department at 918.495.6774 or email english@oru.edu for more information.