March 31, 2017 – Bartlesville, OK
Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) will launch a new academic major called Writing and Editing in fall 2017. Housed in the School of Arts and Sciences, the program focus will help students develop the more technical skills necessary for working as a professional writer or editor.
Dr. Gentry Sutton, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, suggests two cultural realities have led to great opportunities for people with good written-language skills. “First, technology has created a tremendous need for skilled writers and editors. When a computer screen viewed by thousands or millions of people is the face of an organization, it must reflect a high regard for excellence in communication. Second, our society is facing a writing-skills crisis, so people with strong writing skills can distinguish themselves from much of the workforce.”
Additionally, OKWU will now offer a new academic minor called Critical Thinking and Persuasion. Designed to help students sharpen their higher-order thinking and writing skills, this new minor will involve coursework from the School of Ministry and Christian Thought, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Chesapeake Energy School of Business.
Dr. Dalene Fisher, Assistant Professor of English, elaborates: “In an increasingly ‘post-truth’ world, preparing students to think critically is not only essential, it is urgent. From the classroom to the conference room, our aim is to train and empower a generation of cutting-edge Christian thinkers who are unafraid of complex ideas and who successfully combine creativity with reality.”
Dr. Robert Herron, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, affirms Fisher’s sentiment. “I look for job applicants who can write well, think critically, and skillfully defend a position. Thus, I believe that students who complete OKWU’s new minor in Critical Thinking and Persuasion will give themselves an advantage in the job market.”