Professional Writing Specialization
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 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|
Professional Writing Courses - 18 credits
|ENG||300||S/T Activist Rhetoric|
|ENG||333||Intro Fiction Writing|
|ENG||334||Introduction to Poetry Writing|
|ENG||350||Theories of Rhetoric and Public Discourse|
|ENG||356||Creative Nonfiction Writing|
|ENG||362||Magazine Article Writing|
|ENG||374||Writing for the Internet|
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.