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ENGL 402 Group

(Above) Student editorial meeting in ENGL 402 (Editing and Production)

(Left) Soil moisture measurements in ENGL 338 (Technical Writing) for the Silent Killer Project

ENGL 338 SKP Project

Professional Writing

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)

ENGL 330
     or ENGL 338
Business Writing
Technical Writing
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                         
ENGL 489 Capstone

*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.