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Students in the professional writing concentration will have a rare opportunity to experience a curriculum that focuses on the kinds of pragmatic writing and editing that are regularly required in the world of work. This concentration will prepare you for a host of professions including technical writing and editing, media writing and reporting, public relations, publishing, copy editing, and organization communications.
The courses in this concentration combine the practical with the theoretical, allowing students to move directly into careers or to proceed into graduate programs in a variety of areas. Many of the professional writing courses are collaborative, hands-on classes that will offer opportunities to acquire knowledge transferable to a number of professions. In addition, the Department of English can help place you in internships and field experiences so you can acquire on-the-job familiarity with skills that employers are seeking.
Requirements for the Professional Writing Concentration in the English Major
1. Completion of the Major Core Curriculum (15 hours)
2. Completion of the Professional Writing Concentration Requirements (19 hours)
or ENGL 338
|ENGL 336||Journalistic Writing|
|ENGL 355*||Socially Networked Journalism|
|ENGL 360||Creative Nonfiction|
|ENGL 402||Editing and Production|
|ENGL 430||The Composing Processes|
|ENGL 436||Advanced News and Feature Writing|
|ENGL 438*||Applied Digital Writing|
*New courses starting in fall 2012. Students under older catalogs who wish to take these courses to substitute for the two previously required literature electives should contact the department chair, Dr. Sydney Duncan.