Effective writing, and the critical and analytical skills it demands, is as essential for a university education as it is in professional life beyond the university. Taken either as a stand-alone major or as a supporting subject, Writing Studies foregrounds critical and cultural awareness, develops an understanding of how language works, and fosters the creativity and intellectual independence which are the prerequisites for excellent academic, professional and creative writing.
Writing Studies is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts. Writing Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within any undergraduate degree, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Writing Studies as a single major, students must gain 135 points from the papers listed for Writing Studies including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete WRITE202 and WRITE391, 15 points at 300 level from ENGLI papers listed for the Writing Studies major and at least 15 further points in WRITE papers at 300 level.
To complete Writing Studies as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Writing Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include WRITE202 and WRITE391.
To complete a minor in Writing Studies, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for Writing Studies, including WRITE202 and a further 15 points above 100 level.
A graduate programme in Writing Studies is available through the Master of Professional Writing. For further details, see the Professional Writing subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers, or contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Note: Students who commenced a major in Writing Studies in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.
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|ARTSC111||Social Science Theory and Action||18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)|
|This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenters research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences
and their specific disciplines.|
|LLTED100||Writing for University Purposes||18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)|
|This paper supports students to develop an understanding of the expectations of writing at university, and to develop an awareness of what constitutes quality writing in the context of university disciplines. Students engage in analysing how effective texts are written and they analyse their own. Students are introduced to writing ...|
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|MCOM332||Professional and Public Relations Writing||18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)|
|This paper focuses on the theory and practice of written communication in public relations and other professional contexts. Students learn to design, write and edit a portfolio of documents, including a brochure, an annual report narrative, and a newsletter.|