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 - 9 Credit Hours
- ENG 324 Major American Writers
- ENG 331 Major British Writers I or ENG 332 Major British Writers II
- ENG 350 Theories of Rhetoric and Public Discourse
- CS 280
33 Credit Hours from the Following Courses
- ENG 333 Into Fiction Writing
- ENG 344 Professional Editing
- ENG 362 Magazine Article
- ENG 364 Multi Media Writing
- ENG 374 Writing for the Internet
- ENG 404 Persuasive Writing
- ENG 406 Rhetorical Analysis
- ENG 417 Copywriting
- ENG 444 Business Writing
- ENG 446 Screenwriting
- ENG 447 Technical Writing
- CS 325 Desktop Publishing
Intership 3-6 Credits
Students are encouraged to take electives from among ADV, COM, CS, JOU, and PHO courses depending upon their areas of interest.
English / Professional Writing Minor
A minor in Professional Writing requires completion of 21 credit hours of professional writing courses which must include either ENG 350 or ENG 406.