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Writing, Literature, and Language

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Why Writing, Literature, and Language?

The Department of Writing, Literature, and Language exists at the intersections of critical subjects. Students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to create, interpret, and comprehend complex texts and contexts, attributes needed for global citizenship and professional success. Diverse content, quality instructors, and engaging curriculum are at the core of what we do. Consider the offerings below to find the major or courses designed for you!

Writing, Literature, and Language offers courses in:
  • Academic Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Humanities
  • Linguistics 
  • Languages
  • Research and Information Studies

Academic Writing

The Academic Writing Program offers a variety of courses, such as WRIT 131 and WRIT 231, that satisfy general education writing requirements. All students at Metropolitan State University take an introductory writing course focused on developing a writing process that includes strategies for reading, invention, arrangement, drafting, and both global and sentence-level revision. Students learn how to analyze rhetorical situations and modify their writing for a variety of audiences and purposes within a college context. After completing their introductory writing requirement, students at Metropolitan State University take an intermediate writing course focused on strategies for conducting library research, evaluating source material, and effectively integrating and responding to sources in college writing. We recommend that Metro students take their writing classes early in their academic career because they will learn specific strategies that will help them with writing assignments in all of their college classes!

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program develops empowered writerly voices and imaginations. By studying and implementing creative writing skills in a workshop setting, students develop their literary art, as well as active listening and critical thinking through consistent interactive dialogue and revision. Students read and write imaginatively in the core courses, and are assigned novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, essays, poems, and books on writing in a wide diversity of cultural contexts across many genres, including: literary, sci-fi/fantasy, mystery, historical, memoir, poetry, humor, young adult, children's literature, etc. Students are encouraged to participate in Metro's literary arts journal, Haute Dish, to gain editorial and publishing experience. Open mics and live readings are also regularly offered. Graduates with a Creative Writing major find work in publishing, editing, web design, freelance writing, copy writing, advertising, business, non-profit arts administration, teaching, authorship, etc. Many majors choose to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing or Master of Liberal Arts (and various other graduate degrees).


Literature courses provide opportunities to study classic and contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as to explore literature’s historical development and its links to the society that produces it. Today, literary study involves understanding literature as a venue where thoughtful people discuss the urgent public and personal issues of our time. Students consider not only venerated literary classics but also more recent ethnic literature, literature by women, working-class literature, children’s and adolescent literature, and literature produced in specific regions or historical eras. Classes are reading and writing intensive, and instructors emphasize discussion and interactive learning. Besides becoming familiar with famous works of literature, students learn to analyze written texts, to develop and support valid interpretations, and to present their ideas orally and in writing.


Humanities courses reflect a broader approach to literary study. Humanities courses offer multi-disciplinary explorations of particular eras and topics. These courses bring together the thought, art, music, architecture, literature, and learning of the past in order to study texts in their historical and cultural settings. Current approaches to the humanities explore ways in which different kinds of artistic and intellectual works from different eras address some of the same social, political, cultural, and personal issues that are important to everyday people in today’s world. Linguistics is the study of the history and structure of language and its links to society, culture, and individual life. Because language is central to being human, an understanding of language teaches people important things about what people are like and about how society works.


Linguists examine both the historical and theoretical aspects of language and its actual use in day-to-day situations. Traditionally, a liberal arts education has always included the study of at least one world language. Mastering another language provides a valuable, even an essential, communication tool that enables one to function effectively, whether for business or pleasure, in an internationalized community. At the same time, it also teaches new ways of perceiving and organizing reality. 


We offer beginning and intermediate level courses in Spanish and sometimes introductory courses in the Ojibwe and Dakota languages.

Writing, Literature, and Language does not give credit for prior learning in world languages.

Writing, Literature, and Language Programs