Department of English


Professional Writing Track

Students can also choose from two other tracks: Literary Studies and Teacher Licensure.

Professional Writing prepares students to analyze and address a variety of writing situations, to read texts critically, and to write in an effective, informed, and ethical manner in a range of organizational contexts. Many courses incorporate technologies for writing, research, and communication. This option prepares students for careers in writing, editing, and the myriad other fields that rely on written communication. It provides concentrated training in such areas as journalism, technical writing, business writing, and public discourse, while developing an understanding of how language shapes our world. The Professional Writing major track Student Learning Outcomes are:

  1. Students will be able to adapt information to the needs of specific audiences.
  2. Students will be able to find, evaluate and appropriately cite information sources.
  3. Students will be able to construct and present evidence to support a clear and logical argument.
  4. Students will be able to create usable texts in a variety of genres and forms employing multiple media.
  5. Students will be able to describe and assess their own development as producers and consumers of texts.

Requirements

42 hours, as follows:

  • ENG 204: Introduction to Professional Writing
  • ENG 314: Digital Composing
  • ENG 319: Document Design
  • A course in editing (ENG 309 or 310)
  • A course in rhetorical theory (ENG 388 or 389)
  • Two courses in approaches to the discipline (ENG 303, 316, 417)
  • A course in writing in context (ENG 304, 307, 312, 313, 318, 412)
  • A course in professional genres (ENG 305, 306, 308, 311, 404, 414)
  • Three additional writing courses (ENG 202, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 388, 389, 393, 404, 412, 414 417, 491, 498)
  • A course in the English language (ENG 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325)
  • ENG 496: Senior Seminar in Writing/Rhetoric

See printable Worksheet with requirements (opens as pdf).

Course Descriptions

Review course descriptions through the English section of the online 2021–2022 undergraduate catalogue.

Upcoming Course Schedule

Plan degree progress using this roadmap of Professional Writing major courses to be offered by the English Department (minor alterations may occur).

Future schedule
SPRING 21 FALL 21 SPRING 22 FALL 22 SPRING 23
ENG 202 ENG 202 ENG 202 ENG 202 ENG 202
ENG 204 ENG 204 ENG 204 ENG 204 ENG 204
ENG 303 ENG 303 ENG 303 ENG 303 ENG 303
ENG 304 ENG 304 ENG 304 ENG 304 ENG 304
ENG 310 ENG 305 ENG 306 ENG 305 ENG 306
ENG 311 ENG 306 ENG 310 ENG 306 ENG 310
ENG 318 ENG 308 ENG 312 ENG 308 ENG 312
ENG 319 ENG 309 ENG 313 ENG 309 ENG 313
ENG 393 ENG 312 ENG 319 ENG 312 ENG 319
ENG 412 ENG 314 ENG 393 ENG 314 ENG 393
ENG 417 ENG 316 ENG 404 ENG 316 ENG 404
ENG 496  ENG 318 ENG 412 ENG 318 ENG 412
ENG 498 ENG 319 ENG 417 ENG 319 ENG 417
  ENG 388 ENG 496 ENG 388 ENG 496
  ENG 393 ENG 498 ENG 393 ENG 498 
  ENG 496   ENG 414  
ENG 498 ENG 496
ENG 498