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Degree Requirements

The Professional Writing specialization provides students with a background in the theories, methods, and practical skills of the field so that they can pursue a variety of careers in writing, publishing, and electronic media. The minimum grade of C is required in all major and minor courses.

Goals and Objectives

The professional writing curriculum has the following goals and objectives:

  • Demonstrating an adequate understanding of the basic principles of written organizational communication and the application of these principles to real world situations.
  • Demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Presenting material both in written and visual formats.

Core Courses - 24 credits

ENG 316 World Literary Masterpieces
ENG 324 Major American Writers
ENG 331 Major British Writers I
ENG 332 Major British Writers II
ENG 404 Persuasive Writing
ENG 406 Rhetorical Analysis
ENG 407 Shakespeare
ENG 410 Advanced Grammar

Professional Writing Courses - 18 credits

ENG 333 Intro Fiction Writing
ENG 334 Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENG 344 Professional Editing
ENG 350 Theories of Rhetoric and Public Discourse
ENG 362 Magazine Article Writing
ENG 364 Multimedia Writing
ENG 374 Writing for the Internet
ENG 417 Copywriting
ENG 444 Business Writing
ENG 446 Screenwriting
ENG 447 Technical Writing
CS 325 Desktop Publishing
JOU 416 Investigative Reporting

Internship 3 - 6 Credits

Practical experience within a professional setting.  Pre-requisite: Senior status (90+ credit hours); 2.50 overall GPA.  Students will create a professional writing portfolio that demonstrates rhetorical literacy, advanced writing and critical thinking skills, and the proficient use of multimedia technologies.  All paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the internship.  Prior approval of Department Chair and Dean required.

  • ENG 499 Professional Writing Internship

English / Professional Writing Minor

A minor in Professional Writing requires completion of 21 credit hours of Professional Writing courses, which must include: ENG 374, ENG 406, and ENG 499.   ENG 499 (Internship) can only be taken for 3 credits.

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