Writing Studies and Composition
Hofstra's minor in Writing Studies and Composition easily pairs with any other undergraduate major offered by the University. Today it is not enough to know how to write well. Students also have to know how writing works. This knowledge is essential for professional and academic advancement in fields such as business, communications, education, engineering, law, medicine and all social services. In fact, The Career Center at Hofstra reports that the overwhelming majority of their job postings now include a requirement for well-developed writing skills. Most major professional exams such as the MCAT and LSAT require successful completion of a writing assignment.
The minor in Writing Studies offers courses in the areas of professional writing, composition and rhetoric, and new media literacy. View a full list of minor program offerings.
Faculty in the department also teach Writing Studies and Composition 1 and 2, requirements for university graduation. In these courses students learn to use writing as a tool for critical thinking and intellectual engagement across the disciplines.
In WSC 2, students explore a theme with reference to the three main areas of the liberal arts (the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences). Themes change each year. View thematic descriptions for the current semester.
This department is also home to the Hofstra University Writing Center, which serves students, faculty members and staff in need of assistance with some aspect of their writing, e.g., developing ideas, structuring arguments, or revising drafts.