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 18 credit hours and requires the following courses:

  • EN105 ~ Introduction to English Studies (3 credits)

15 additional English credit hours (excluding the EN101 and EN300 university requirements) in the following categories:

  • 3 hours in writing (creative, professional, or rhetoric)
  • 3 hours in upper-division (300-level or higher) literature
  • 6 hours of additional upper-division (300-level or higher) 
  • 3 hours at any level

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.

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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