CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING A.S.

In this program, students learn to write as a professional practice and prepare for a four-year degree, develop their abilities for employment, and/or pursue public service.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Creative and Professional Writing A.S. students will:

  • Approach texts as a process
    • Discover topics and issues and explore them with a specific purpose utilizing an appropriate form
    • Understand the function of the writing process in terms of creating and completing a successful text
  • Recognize audiences, adapt to various genres and rhetorical situations
    • Acknowledge that different projects require different strategies, forms, and genres
    • View writing as a relationship between reader and writer
    • Recognize common forms and contexts for different genres
  • Balance aesthetics and efficiency
    • Adopt or blend different forms and genres (e.g., reports, narrative)
    • Use a variety of technologies to address varying audiences and purposes
    • Respond to a variety of writing situations with the appropriate diction, voice, and tone
  • Demonstrate liberal arts knowledge and skills through community engagement and citizenry
    • Apply social, scientific, and humane forms of knowledge and skills
    • Document involvement in the community beyond the classroom
    • Develop abilities using liberal arts learning

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

The AS is a transfer degree building skills toward careers within an emergent workforce. Creative and professional writers work in technical, health science, media, and academic situations, as well as in copywriting and publishing. Professional writing comprises communication forms produced in or for workplace environments. Meet with a SOMA advisor to plan course selections and related workforce opportunities.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Cayuga has local articulation agreements in Creative and Professional Writing with the State University of New York at Oswego and SUNY Empire State College, as well as an agreement with Le Moyne College. For these and other transfer institutions, students should contact their advisor and/or the Coordinator for Transfer and Articulation in the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement for information on transfer planning. Early consultation to plan the most appropriate course sequence will optimize transferability.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

General Education requirements must be met before the AS degree will be granted. For details on General Education requirements.

Degree requirements for the Creative and Professional Writing A.S. program
COURSES CREDIT HOURS
FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 120 Being Writers 1
SOMA 100 Foundations in the Humanities 1
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
MATH 102 Intermediate Algebra or higher 3
Behavioral/Social Sciences * 3
US History
OR
Western Civilization **
3
HON 101, LIB 102, CAS 101, OR
Physical Education ***
1
15
SECOND SEMESTER
ENGL 102 Freshman English II 3
Science Elective ** 3
ENGL 211 Creative Writing 3
ENGL 220
OR
ENGL 221
OR
ENGL 222
OR
THA 152
Interpersonal Communication
OR
Effective Speech: Public Address
OR
Effective Speech: Group Discussion
OR
Basic Acting
3
Elective **** 3
HLTH 101
OR
HLTH 102
Alcoholism and Its Effects
OR
Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
1
16
THIRD SEMESTER
ENGL 260
OR
ENGL 270
Professional Writing Practicum
OR
Technical Writing
3
Other World Civilizations
OR
Foreign Language **
3
Writing Elective *****
OR
Writing Intensive
3
Math/Science Elective ** 3
Elective **** 3
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
ENGL 121 Being Writers II 1
ENGL 200 Level–WI Literature Elective 3
Writing Elective *****
OR
Writing Intensive
3
Behavioral/Social Sciences * 3
Electives **** 6
16
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 62

* Choose one: ANTH 101, ECON 201, ECON 202, PSY 101, or SOC 101
** Electives must help fulfill SUNY General Education 30 credit requirement (See General Education Section)
*** Select from the following PE courses: PE 020, PE 030, PE 035, PE 040, PE 045, PE 050, PE 055, PE 056, PE 109, PE 128, PE 145, PE 146, PE 157, PE 161, PE 171, PE 172
**** Consult advisor to select electives for transfer or professional engagement.
***** Writing Elective Courses include: ENGL 104, ENGL 110, ENGL 217, ENGL 238, ENGL 239, ENGL 260, ENGL 270, TELC 190 or TELC 204

A prior felony conviction may hinder a student’s ability to enroll in a course or complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or meet the criteria for licensure required by certain professions.