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Course Requirements

Major in Professional Writing

A student majoring in professional writing must earn a minimum grade of C- in ENG 101 Composition I and ENG 102 Composition II.

Courses Required in English (42 credit hours):

ART 115 Introduction to Graphic Design (3 credits)
ENG 200 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits)
ENG 201 Business Writing (3 credits)
ENG 303 History of the English Language (3 credits)
ENG 309 Journalism (3 credits)
ENG 484 Practicum/Internship in Professional Writing (3 credits)
ENG 496 Senior Thesis (3 credits)

PLUS 9 credit hours from approved literature courses* (total of 9 credits)
PLUS 6 credit hours from approved writing courses* (total of 6 credits)
PLUS 9 credit hours from approved elective courses* (total of 9 credits)
*Alternative courses may be approved by the department chairperson

List of approved literature courses (prerequisites apply):

ENG 220 Women’s Literature (3 credits)
ENG 240 Survey of English Literature to 1789 (3)
ENG 241 Survey of English Literature since 1789 (3)
ENG 251 World Literature (3 credits)
ENG 255 African American Literature (3 credits)
ENG 260 Survey of American Literature to 1865 (3)
ENG 261 Survey of American Literature since 1865 (3 credits)
ENG 270 Literature for the Secondary Schools (3)
ENG 293 Topics in Literature (3 credits) ENG 320 Shakespeare (3 credits)
ENG 340 Modernism (3 credits)
ENG 380 Topics in English Literature (3 credits)
ENG 381 Topics in American Literature (3 credits)
ENG 382 Topics in Literature and Culture (3 credits)
ENG 383 Topics in Genres, Themes, and Movements (3 credits)

List of approved writing courses (prerequisites apply):

ENG 208 Digital Publications Workshop(1-3 credits)
ENG 294 Topics in Writing (3 credits)
ENG 304 Creative Nonfiction (3 credits)
ENG 311 Writing Poetry (3 credits)
ENG 312 Writing Short Fiction (3 credits)
ENG 313 Writing the One-Act Play (3 credits)
ENG 494 Interpreting and Translating Science for Consumers (3 credits)

List of approved elective courses (prerequisites apply):

ADV 201 Introduction to Advertising (3 credits)
ADV 301 Advertising Strategies (3 credits)
ADV 320 Advertising Copywriting (3 credits)
ART 215 Graphic Design (3 credits)
ART 217 Illustration Techniques (3 credits)
ART 218 Digital Imaging (3 credits)
ART 280 Photography (3 credits)
ART 302 Designing for the Web (3 credits)
ART 309 Drawing – Bookmaking (3 credits)
COM 210 Rhetorical Criticism (3 credits)
COM 250 Principles of Public Relations (3 credits)
COM 260 Introduction to Mass Media (3 credits)
COM 340 Cases and Campaigns in Public Relations (3 credits)
COM 350 Organizational Communication (3 credits)
COM 380 Persuasion (3 credits)
BCC 300 Foundations in Corporate Communication (3 credits)
BCC 310 Effective Writing for Business Communication (3 credits)
BCC 320 Corporate Presentation & Persuasion (3)
BCC 330 Public Relations & Media Communications (3 credits)
BCC 420 Marketing & Design Principles (3 credits)
BCC 440 Strategic Communication (3 credits)
ENG 403 Grammar: Theory and Practice (3 credits)

The remainder of the student’s program should be designed to support the professional writing major with courses from other disciplines and to establish credentials for specific career interests.