The Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University is the only free-standing writing department in Georgia and one of only a handful in the nation. It is the only department that offers a B.A. in Writing and Linguistics with coursework in four areas: Creative Writing, Professional and Technical Writing, Writing Studies, and Linguistics.
Since its inception in 2004, the Writing and Linguistics B.A. program has proven very popular with students: As of Fall 2011 the Department had 140 majors. In addition to the major, we also offer a minor in writing, a minor in linguistics, a minor in professional and technical writing and a second discipline option in Technical Writing for the College of Information Technology. The Department is also actively involved in the online Bachelor of General Studies Program. In 2012, the Department launched two online graduate certificates: TESAL Applied Linguistics and Professional and Technical Writing.
The Department is also responsible for defining and teaching the required First-Year Writing courses – a two-semester sequence that provides in-depth instruction in composition to all of Georgia Southern’s incoming freshmen.
The Department publishes the journal Fledge Online, which showcases the best writing by students in first- year writing courses. Creative writing students have opportunities to publish their work in Miscellany, the campus literary magazine – advised by W&L faculty – and to compete for the annual the Brittany “Ally” Harbuck Scholarship and the Roy Powell Creative Writing Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction.
In addition, the Department sponsors the annual Student Success in Writing Conference; The Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy; the University Writing Center; and the Georgia Southern Writing Project, a satellite site of the National Writing Project.
W&L faculty includes 50 individuals with a range of experience and education in writing, teaching, and publishing. As scholars, poets, essayists, fiction writers, former journalists, and business writers, faculty members practice what they teach. While their teaching styles vary, their ultimate goal is to prepare our students to succeed in college and beyond by providing them with a solid foundation in critical and creative thinking, effective writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences, and familiarity with up-to-the-minute writing technologies.