Overview

This major develops skills in creative and professional writing. Majors study trends in creative writing and the dynamic evolution of contemporary writing. They learn the distinctions between literary and popular forms of writing, as well as between accessible and experimental modes of writing. The honing of analytical skills is matched with an emphasis on the writing process.

In both creative and professional writing classes, editing, critiquing and providing constructive feedback on manuscripts is emphasized. Students also master methodologies of different rhetorical situations, different modes of writing in journalism, public relations and business and technical writing. Best practices, ethical and professional issues, and industry standards that are introduced in major classes are reinforced and developed through internships.

Course Offerings

The Major in Writing/Communication consists of 46 hours, including 42 hours in English and 4 hours in Humanities. Required courses include:

ENG 162: Interpreting Literature (3 hrs.)
ENG 216: Publications (1 hr.) (3 hrs. required)
ENG 217: Journalism (3 hrs.)
ENG 311: History of the English Language (3 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
ENG 337: Internship (9 hrs.)
     or
ENG 343: Practicum (3 hrs.)


ENG 351-352: Senior Thesis (6 hrs.)
HUM 201: Perspectives in the Humanities (3 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research and Professional Issues (1 hr.)

 

Two courses from the following list:
ENG 213: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs.)
ENG 214: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)


Two courses from the following list:
ENG 314: Creative Nonfiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 315: Business and Technical Writing (3 hrs.)
ENG 317: Public Relations Writing and Practice (3 hrs.)

Students pursuing the internship option take an additional 3 hours in English courses in literature while students pursuing the practicum option take an additional 9 hours in English courses in literature.

All writing/communication majors are strongly encouraged to minor in an area that will give them a degree of expertise in a field other than English.

The Minor in Writing/Communication requires 15 hours in writing courses. Required courses include:

ENG 216: Publications (1 hr.) (3 hrs. required


Four courses chosen from the following list:
ENG 213: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs.)
ENG 214: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 217: Journalism (3 hrs.)
ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)
ENG 314: Creative Nonfiction (3 hrs.)
ENG 315: Business and Technical Writing (3 hrs.)
ENG 317: Public Relations Writing and Practice (3 hrs.)