Overview

Completing the Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree with a Concentration in Writing prepares students for careers in communications, research, public relations, and publishing in traditional and digital media platforms.

The Writing Concentration in the Associate in Arts program coaches students to interact directly with the public and manage communications in the workplace or to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and related disciplines. The program includes general education requirements that are part of most undergraduate programs so students can transfer with advanced standing. The Concentration in Writing also prepares students for paths in law, library science, research, and publishing.

Students in the Writing pathway will develop their communication and research skills in a professional environment and have opportunities to present at an academic conference and to publish in a literary magazine.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
CPT-170 Microcomputer Applications

Microcomputer Applications

ID: CPT-170

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces microcomputer applications software, including word processing, data bases, spreadsheets, graphs, and their integration.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
THE-101 Intro. to Theatre

Intro. to Theatre

ID: THE-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the appreciation and analysis of theatrical literature, history, and production.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
ENG-238 Creative Writing

Creative Writing

ID: ENG-238

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents an introduction to creative writing in various genres.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
Semester 3
(17 Credit Hours)
ENG-203 American Literature Survey

American Literature Survey

ID: ENG-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of American literature: major authors, genres, and periods. The course emphasizes historical, descriptive and analytical modes of study.

3
ENG-263 Writing for Social Media

Writing for Social Media

ID: ENG-263

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the rhetorical strategies needed to employ social media for professional purposes.

3
SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

Elementary Spanish I

ID: SPA-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including an introduction to the Hispanic cultures.

4
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
PSC-201 American Government

American Government

ID: PSC-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of national governmental institutions with emphasis on the constitution, the functions of executive, legislative and judicial branches, civil liberties and the role of the electorate. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
Semester 4
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-260 Advanced Technical Communications

Advanced Technical Communications

ID: ENG-260

Credit Hours: 3

This course develops skills in research techniques and increases proficiency in technical communications.

3
ENG-299 Special Topics in English

Special Topics in English

ID: ENG-299

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on a specific purpose for, issue in, or type of English such as South Carolina literature, writing for the Web, or a history of literature censorship in the US.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
ENG-175 Proofreading and Editing

Proofreading and Editing

ID: ENG-175

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents intensive application of advanced proofreading and editing skills, including usage and punctuation.

3
HIS-102 Western Civilization Post 1689

Western Civilization Post 1689

ID: HIS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern western world.

3
      Total Credit Hours 62
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,656.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(9 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
CPT-170 Microcomputer Applications

Microcomputer Applications

ID: CPT-170

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces microcomputer applications software, including word processing, data bases, spreadsheets, graphs, and their integration.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
Semester 2
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
THE-101 Intro. to Theatre

Intro. to Theatre

ID: THE-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the appreciation and analysis of theatrical literature, history, and production.

3
Semester 3
(9 Credit Hours)
ENG-238 Creative Writing

Creative Writing

ID: ENG-238

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents an introduction to creative writing in various genres.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
Semester 4
(9 Credit Hours)
ENG-203 American Literature Survey

American Literature Survey

ID: ENG-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of American literature: major authors, genres, and periods. The course emphasizes historical, descriptive and analytical modes of study.

3
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
Semester 5
(7 Credit Hours)
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
PSC-201 American Government

American Government

ID: PSC-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of national governmental institutions with emphasis on the constitution, the functions of executive, legislative and judicial branches, civil liberties and the role of the electorate. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
Semester 6
(7 Credit Hours)
ENG-263 Writing for Social Media

Writing for Social Media

ID: ENG-263

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the rhetorical strategies needed to employ social media for professional purposes.

3
SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

Elementary Spanish I

ID: SPA-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including an introduction to the Hispanic cultures.

4
Semester 7
(9 Credit Hours)
ENG-175 Proofreading and Editing

Proofreading and Editing

ID: ENG-175

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents intensive application of advanced proofreading and editing skills, including usage and punctuation.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
HIS-102 Western Civilization Post 1689

Western Civilization Post 1689

ID: HIS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern western world.

3
Semester 8
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-260 Advanced Technical Communications

Advanced Technical Communications

ID: ENG-260

Credit Hours: 3

This course develops skills in research techniques and increases proficiency in technical communications.

3
ENG-299 Special Topics in English

Special Topics in English

ID: ENG-299

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on a specific purpose for, issue in, or type of English such as South Carolina literature, writing for the Web, or a history of literature censorship in the US.

3
      Total Credit Hours 62
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,656.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Writer/Author

Writers and authors develop content for different media, such as magazines, journals, newspapers, newsletters, broadcast media, advertising firms, and internet sites. Self-employed writers develop texts for many different purposes, such as scripts, fiction and non-fiction texts, and specialized content creation for online and traditional publication. Writers working for organizations, such as in business and industry or in government shape content with rhetorical effects, often with multiple audiences in mind. Organizations, including government agencies, may hire writers to manage grant applications and development initiatives. Many writers use the internet and advanced telecommunications to manage work in multiple markets.

Projected Job Growth

+14.3%

Average Annual Salary

$34,587

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Public Relations Firm
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government Agencies

Careers

Editor

Editors work with content creators and publishing companies to manage the many stages of the publishing process. Development editors plan, design, and organize content. They may organize budgets for publications. Copy editors review, revise, and edit developed text for tone, style, accuracy, and grammar and mechanics. Some editors specialize in content areas and are responsible for reviewing and managing an organization’s publications in a particular area.

Projected Job Growth

+4.1%

Average Annual Salary

$43,543

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Public Relations Firm

Careers

Public Relations Specialist

Public relations specialists create well-organized and clear information for the organizations they represent. The specialists frequently speak on behalf of their organizations and plan internal and public events. Effective public relations specialists assist management and executives with sensitive issues and manage traditional and social media for the companies they work for.

Projected Job Growth

+9.4%

Average Annual Salary

$52,242

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Public Relations Firm
  • News Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor's Degree in English or a related field

Writers who complete the Associate in Arts degree with a Writing concentration can earn a bachelor’s degree in English, Media and Communications, or Journalism to develop more skills in research, writing, editing, and document design.

Earn a Journalism and Mass Communications Minor

Students who want to work in a publishing and broadcast environment can add additional breadth and publishing skills with a specialization in Advertising, Public Relations, or Journalism.

Earn a Minor in Business Administration

Students who add a minor in Business Administration develop knowledge and skills in management and marketing, which add to the communications and research skills of a writer.