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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): $28,525 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

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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
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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.
ENGLI100Telling the Story19A (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.Confidence19B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the structure of the English language and, by linking structure to practical application, offers support for student writing. This is a useful paper for all Arts students.
LLTED100Writing for University Purposes19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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 ...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGLI201Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques19A (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.
LINGS202Exploring English: From Grammar to Discourse19A (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.
PUBRL204Contemporary Public Relations Writing19A (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.
WRITE201Applied Writing: Food Writing19A (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 Image19B (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 Work19T (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.
WRITE205Writing for the Screen19A (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
ENGLI301Genre Studies: Challenging Forms19B (Hamilton)
This paper is an intensive study of specific literary forms such as travel writing, autobiography, utopian and dystopian fiction, and crime writing. The focus will vary from year to year.
LINGS304Applied Linguistics19A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to areas of research and professional practice in applied linguistics, including language acquisition, second language teaching, language planning, lexicography, translation, forensic linguistics and speech language therapy.
SCIEN300Science Communication19T (Hamilton)
This paper discusses different ways in which science can be communicated by scientists to others. It gives students opportunities to practise verbal, written, graphical and other forms of communication.
WRITE300Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction19A (Hamilton)
This course explores the key elements of creative non-fiction writing, engaging with a variety of non-fiction texts from memoir, to biography, to the personal essay and autobiographical meta-fiction.
WRITE390Directed Study19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
This independent but guided writing project is compulsory for students majoring in Writing Studies
WRITE396Writing Studies Work Placement19C (Hamilton)
In this paper, students work as interns in a professional workplace where excellent writing is core business. Assessment is based on a written report and on workplace performance.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APPLN501Research Methods in Applied Linguistics19A (Hamilton)
The overall aim of this paper is to provide students with a critical awareness of a range of issues and skills associated with carrying out research in the area of applied linguistics.
APPLN530Discourse Analysis and the Language Classroom19B (Hamilton)
The overall aim of this paper is to provide students with an awareness of a range of issues associated with the analysis and interpretation of text and discourse according to a variety of approaches, as well as an ability to apply a range of analytical approaches and assess the value of these in the field of second language teachin...
CWRT594Creative Writing Thesis19C (Hamilton)
This paper will provide students the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an independent and original creative writing manuscript, while receiving supervision and peer feedback within a creative workshop environment.
ENGLI546Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment19A (Hamilton)
A writing-intensive course focused on the ways in which 'embodiment' is key in generating vital characters, shaping dramatic narratives, and crafting resonant sentences aware of the sensory impact of language.
MEDIA501Theory and Research in Action19A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide an advanced understanding of screen research methods and outcomes. It identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on explaining how research can be understood as an intellectual and theoretical activity. Students are required to develop and work on thei...
MEDIA502Creative Practice: Development19C (Hamilton)
This individually supervised paper allows students to engage in concept development, scriptwriting, or other aspects of pre-production and planning for an advanced practice based creative project. Students are advised to also take MEDIA501 in order to develop an appropriate scholarly rationale and framework for the work that will b...
MEDIA505Human Interest Storytelling19B (Hamilton)
The web offers platforms to explore short non-fiction content that explore a variety of social issues. This paper examines the practice of developing human interest storytelling for online content from writing initial scripts to producing short documentaries.
MEDIA506Scriptwriting19A (Hamilton)
This workshop-based paper develops understanding and experience of script-construction processes and practices as well as script analysis. Students will produce second draft scripts for the format, length and genre of their choice.
WRITE501Writing for Publication19A (Hamilton)
Writing for Publication will focus on writing for professional publication, examining the modes, standards and practices associated with different forms of published output. Students will read examples from a variety of fields, including fiction and creative non-fiction, writing for advertising and digital media, and scholarly/acad...
WRITE503Professional Writing Internship19C (Hamilton)
This paper allows students to gain professional writing experience in the workplace, under the guidance of an academic supervisor and the specialist supervision of a workplace mentor.
WRITE590Directed Study19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
This paper involves an independent but guided writing project on a topic of the student's choice.
WRITE591Dissertation19Y (Hamilton)
This paper will provide graduate students with the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise a writing-focused dissertation, under appropriate supervision and guidance.
WRITE592Dissertation19Y (Hamilton)
This paper will provide students with the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an extended writing-focused dissertation, under appropriate supervision and guidance.
WRITE593Professional Writing Thesis19Y (Hamilton)
This paper will provide students the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an independent thesis focussed on a specialised field of writing studies, under appropriate supervision and guidance.
WRITE594Professional Writing Thesis19Y (Hamilton)
This paper will provide students the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an extended and independent thesis focussed on a specialised field of writing studies, under appropriate supervision.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CWRT900Creative Writing PhD Thesis19C (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