ERIC Number: ED200985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
How Can a Major in Composition Be Established? Suggestions through the Sunshine and Shadows of Seventy Years' Experience at DePauw University.
Shumaker, Arthur W.
The English program at DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) has undergone many changes. Today, English majors at DePauw may choose from either a literature or a composition course of study. The capstone course in the 70-year-old composition program is the seminar, in which students write whatever they choose and distribute copies to the other members of the seminar, who write critiques of the work. Other courses offered include expository and creative writing, criticism, linguistics, and newswriting. Over the years, enrollment in the composition curriculum has been high compared to that of the literature program. The advantages of offering a composition degree program far outweigh the disadvantages, particularly since such a program is designed to fit the needs of individual students and offers scholarships and apprenticeships for journalism and creative writing. The DePauw Program illustrates that a school committed to developing a composition degree program must have sufficient qualified staff, should phase in the program gradually, should invite successful writers to present lectures to composition students, and should secure recognition on the part of other departments of the need for a university-wide emphasis on composition. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: DePauw University IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).