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Study Writing at Otago

    Writing for success in university and beyond.

    Clear, accurate, and concise writing and speaking are skills that will set you apart from others in any profession you choose. At the University of Otago, we offer a comprehensive writing programme, in which you may choose from academic, professional, and creative writing papers.

    Writing at Otago

    Writing and communication skills are essential in the university, the workplace and beyond. Studies have shown that most advanced-level positions, in whatever discipline, involve complex communication skills and a range of writing activities. A minor in Writing demonstrates to prospective employers that you have mastered the complex writing and communication skills they seek.

    Students who complete a minor in Writing will be trained in a variety of writing genres, including professional writing, academic writing, and, as an option only, creative writing.

    The minor in Writing can be taken in conjunction with any major, including English.


    Writing as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BCom, BEntr, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

    Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree


    ENGL 127 Essentials of Writing

    Either ENGL 120 or ENGL 128



    Above 100-level

    At least three of ENGL 217, ENGL 220, ENGL 227, ENGL 228, MFCO 220, THEA 241, ENGL 320, ENGL 327, ENGL 337, ENGL 342, ENGL 368, THEA 341, including at least one paper at 300-level

    Note: ENGL 217, THEA 241 and THEA 341 are limited-entry papers.
    Total 90

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