English Minor and Composition Program

The English department has two non-degree programs: The English minor and the composition program.

Minor in English

The English minor is 15 credit hours and offers two paths: writing or literature and language.

You can focus your English minor on writing.

If you choose this option, you should take nine hours of writing courses (excluding EN 101 and EN 300). You may then wish to satisfy the remainder of your fifteen hours by choosing further writing courses or any suggested and appropriate literature courses.

You can choose to concentrate your English minor in literature and language.

A suggested compilation of courses, for example, would be EN 225 and/or EN 226; EN 330 and/or EN 331; EN 345; EN 360 and/or EN 361; other appropriate lower or upper division English courses. You'll be allowed to choose the courses you want to take, with the guidance and permission of the chair of the English department.

Composition Program

The composition program will teach you to write and read for academic work and the workforce. You can take courses in basic and advanced composition, as well as courses especially for business writing, nursing, or education.

The composition program at Washburn University will prepare you for written communication in academia and the workforce. 

Students are required to enroll in both EN 101 and EN 300. English 101, Freshman Composition, provides an introduction to academic reading, writing, and thinking. EN 300, Advanced Composition, is taken as an upperclassman while you are engaged in your major coursework. Sections of specialized EN 300 are available for students majoring in nursing, business and education. These sections emphasize writing processes and genres within particular professional contexts.

The English department also offers elective composition courses. EN 100, Developmental Composition, assists students in building their writing skills in such areas as organization, development, grammar and mechanics, and sentence structure. You can take this course prior to EN 101. EN 208, Business and Technical Writing, focuses on professional writing basics, including business writing principles, emails, memos, and letters.

Overall, the composition program at Washburn is organized to teach students not only the skills and conventions of successful written communication, but also the habits of mind necessary to critically examine and participate in a range of written discourse communities.

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GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of English

English Department
Morgan Hall, Room 237
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1441

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