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BCS - Writing Studies as a major

Get the up-to-date industry skills you need to become a Public Relations, Marketing or Communications specialist. This degree will teach you how to satisfy customer needs, influence people’s attitudes and behaviour, and drive strategic change within organisations.

Do you love expressing yourself in words? Enjoy a learning environment in which you could explore your creativity as a poet or fiction writer. Acquire the skills in written communication that you can apply in business environments, or learn to write for digital media or for the screen.


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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 (approx) per year
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Fees (International): $27,165 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Copy Writer
  • Digital and Broadcast Media Writer
  • Journalist
  • Literary Non-Fiction Writer
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Report Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher

Jeremy Mayall Without my degree I wouldn’t have developed the skill-set or the portfolio of work required to take up a composer residency.

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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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ALED100Writing for University PurposesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
ENGL104Telling the StoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL112From Page to ScreenThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL113English.ConfidenceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGLI100Telling the Story18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, with examples from the poems of Keats to Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
ENGLI113English.Confidence18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the structure of the English language and, by linking structure to practical application, offers support for student writing. This can be a useful preparatory paper for language, linguistics and creative writing papers.
ESLA101Academic Writing and ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LING132Introduction to Linguistic CommunicationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LLTED100Writing for University Purposes18A (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 ...
MCOM104Written Communication for ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MCOM122Diversity and Communication ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MCOM133Introduction to Corporate CommunicationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL103Critical ReasoningThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGL211Food WritingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL215Creative Writing: Voice and ImageThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGLI201Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques18A (Hamilton)
This paper is an introductory study of specific literary forms, in particular the tropes and techniques of either comedy or tragedy. The focus will vary from year to year.
ESLA200Academic Written DiscourseThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST207Writing Historical FictionThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LING203Language, Society and CultureThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LING230Exploring English: from Grammar to DiscourseThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LINGS202Exploring English: From Grammar to Discourse18B (Hamilton)
This paper presents a hands-on introduction to the grammar of English, paying special attention to the syntactic components involved, as well as their strong connection to discourse.
MCOM292Business CommunicationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL204Language and CommunicationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PUBRL204Contemporary Public Relations Writing18A (Hamilton)
Modern communications professionals write to represent organisations across many different audiences, purposes and contexts. PUBRL204 teaches students to select and use a range of genres from established media to emerging digital platforms.
SMST218Writing for Screen MediaThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
WRIT260Special Topic in Writing StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
WRITE201Applied Writing: Food Writing18B (Hamilton)
This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a learning experience with an intensive applied writing focus.
WRITE202Creative Writing: Voice and Image18B (Hamilton)
This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.'
WRITE203Special Topic: Inspiring Work18T (Hamilton)
This paper examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing, and enables students to develop their writing skills through a range of creative exercises and workshop activities.
WRITE204Writing Historical Fiction18T (Hamilton)
This paper examines how historical research relates to and can work profitably with the creative imagination, exploring genres from social realist historical novels to historical fantasy.
WRITE205Writing for the Screen18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores key concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: concepts, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ALED325The Teacher as Writer18S (Block)
This paper encourages teachers to think of themselves as writers, while offering them a range of perspectives to think about. They engage in writing as an aspect of their professional practice.
ENGL303Renaissance Poetry CodeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL309Going Places: Life, Literature and TravelThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL314Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction18B (Hamilton)
An intensive writing workshop focused on creative non-fiction. Students will develop skills in a variety of genres through discussion of course readings, workshop exercises and critique of work in progress.
ENGL316Literary TheoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ESLA300Academic Research Writing: An IntroductionThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
FASS301Digital Storytelling for the Arts and Social SciencesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST319Digital Histories: Public and Collective MemoriesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LING304Sociolinguistics18B (Hamilton)
The major methods and principles of sociolinguistic investigation. The study of accents and dialects; language variation; the relationship between language and education, language and sex; social codes; language attitudes.
MCOM332Professional and Public Relations Writing18A (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.
SCIE300Science Communication18T (Hamilton)
Students will investigate contemporary scientific topics; learning to source relevant information, assess its validity, draw conclusions and communicate their findings to a non-scientific audience.
SMST309Propaganda and Advertising18B (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will develop a framework for analysing instances of propaganda, advertising and public information in order to gain a critical understanding of their usage in commercial and political contexts, as well as focusing on contemporary social media.
THST390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Students may nominate a field of study and proceed to cover it by their own reading and research under the personal direction of an appropriate staff member. Note: Admission is subject to the availability of supervision and is at the discretion of the programme convenor.
WRIT391Writing Project18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper involves an independent but guided writing project.
WRIT396Work Placement18C (Hamilton)
This paper allows students to refine their writing skills in a professional workplace environment.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CWRT900Creative Writing PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Writing Studies is available as a major for the BA. Writing Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Writing Studies, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Writing Studies, including ENGL215, WRIT391, 20 points at 300 level from ENGL papers listed for the Writing Studies major, and at least 20 further points in Writing Studies above 200 level.

To complete a supporting subject in Writing Studies, students must gain 70 points in Writing Studies, including ENGL215 and at least 20 further points above 100 level.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4922
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: engl-fass@waikato.ac.nz