Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Writing Studies: AS

Associate of Science | 61 credits

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Program Description
The Writing Studies program provides the first two years of required courses and general education requirements for the University of Utah’s Writing and Rhetoric Studies degree (either major or minor). Writing Studies majors study writing in its rhetorical, cultural, social, ethical, and political aspects. Writing Studies is not limited to English but incorporates all languages that students bring to the study. Writing Studies majors become critical thinkers and proficient writers of multiple types of writing including professional, academic, technical, and digital.

Career Opportunities
A degree in Writing Studies prepares students for many careers because graduates excel in the critical thinking and writing skills most valued by employers.  Writing Studies graduates pursue careers in web authoring, grant writing, science writing, journalism, artificial intelligence, advertising, teaching, law, government, and business.  Minoring in Writing Studies or double majoring with another degree elevates qualifications for many career paths, especially law, business, teaching, sociology, political science, and the arts.

Transfer/Articulation Information
This program has been designed to meet first and second-year core requirements in the University of Utah’s Writing and Rhetoric Studies major or minor undergraduate program. Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Literacy (QL): MATH 1030

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • Writing Studies AS: Full-time  
  • Time to completion is four semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Develop rhetorical knowledge–the ability to take in and assess a communication situation for the typical and optimal strategies in that situation–and will be able to successfully deploy their rhetorical assessments in effective writing. This could involve internships as a means to provide students with actual writing situations. [1,2,4,5,6,7]
  • Read, write, and think critically. [2,4]
  • Manage their own composing processes, including planning research, acquiring substantive feedback, and revising. [2,4,5,7]
  • Capably use more than one genre of writing, attuned appropriately to a particular writing situation. [1,2]
  • Understand and effectively use college-level databases for research, as well as acquire strategies of information literacy within knowledge networks. [1,8,9]