Written Communication, M.S.

This program was designed for college graduates to develop their writing skills. The program offers a wide variety of electives that allow students to focus on their own writing interests, whether creative or professional.

In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admission Requirements, applicants must:

  • Submit the results of the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (waived if the applicant has a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or has a GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Sit for an in-person interview
  • Complete a brief impromptu essay
  • Note: List of three references is waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Program Details:

  • Requires 33 SH for completion
  • Requires a thesis
  • Students may be able to apply:

    • Up to six hours of graduate credit from another institution, with approval from the program director
    • Up to six hours of graduate credit from other NLU programs
    • Up to six hours of credit by proficiency for past professional experience

Required Courses

Program Core

LAE 500Advanced Expository Writing

3

LAE 510Rhetorical Theory: History and Practice

3

LAE 599Thesis Project

1 TO 6

English Elective Courses

Choose 21–24 SH from the courses below:

LAE 405Advanced Studies of American Literature: Beginning-1900

3 OR 5

LAE 406Advanced Studies of American Literature: 1900-1950

3 OR 5

LAE 407American Writers: 1945-1970

3 OR 5

LAE 410Modern British Fiction: 1900-1950

3 OR 5

LAE 412Introduction to Writing Poetry

3 OR 5

LAE 413Reading and Writing the Short Story

3 OR 5

LAE 414Writing and Reading Oral History

3 OR 5

LAE 416Women's Lives into Literature

3 OR 5

LAE 450Fundamentals of Journalism

3 OR 5

LAE 460Editing for Publication

3 OR 5

LAE 461Writing Promotional and Advertising Copy

3 OR 5

LAE 465Creative Writing: Humor

3 OR 5

LAE 486BWorkshop/Writer's Week Workshop

1 OR 2

LAE 499English Seminar

1 TO 5

LAE 501Writing from Reading: Incorporating Research into Nonfiction Articles, Books and Reports

3

LAE 502Creative Writing: Fiction

3

LAE 503Creative Writing: Poetry

3

LAE 504Creative Writing: Children's Books

3

LAE 512AProfessional Writer I

1

LAE 512BProfessional Writer II

1

LAE 512CProfessional Writer III

1

LAE 515Feature Writing

3

LAE 516Screenwriting

3

LAE 517Technical Writing

3

LAE 518Narrative Forms

3

LAE 520Teaching Freshman English Composition

3

LAE 592Practicum/Internship in Teaching English Courses to Undergraduates

3

LAE 594Independent Study/English

1 TO 3

LAE 595Special Topics/English

1 TO 3

Notes: For LAE 486A, LAE 486BLAE 499, LAE 594 and LAE 595, specific topics may be chosen. Each topic may only be counted once toward the degree. LAE 501 is strongly recommended. Where applicable, 400 level courses must be taken for 3 semester hours.