Overview

Are you creative? Do you find satisfaction seeing your ideas on paper? With a degree in professional writing, you will gain advanced skills in writing for diverse audiences and disciplines. Along the way, you will also develop your identity as a writer of creative work—poetry, nonfiction, and fiction—while understanding what writing skills employers seek in today’s world.

Hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom are designed to help you develop marketable skills and graduate with a portfolio of professional-quality work. You will enter the workforce with solid liberal arts fundamentals – critical thinking, problem solving and communication – all to give you a competitive edge to excel in your chosen career.

 

Major

The Professional Writing major is a combination of technical and creative writing as well as some journalism.  Designed to promote writing ability applicable to any field, coursework involves the development of advanced research, critical analysis, and presentation skills.  While a range of communicative media are employed throughout both major and minor, coursework is developed in the context of the digital workplace in order to provide students with depth and breadth of experience that extends well beyond basic digital literacy.

Prerequisite: Students wishing to enroll in Professional Writing must earn a minimum “B” grade in EN 111.

Required Courses

43 Credit Hours required; Must complete six (6) additional credit hours of electives. EN 150 must be completed three times for a total of three credit hours.

EN 101 Introduction to Mass Media
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Campus: Fall, every year. WOL: Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 115 Editing and Copywriting
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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The course focuses upon editorial fundamentals, including appropriate use of grammar and mechanics, professional research, and the application of multiple writing styles. Through a range of writing and editorial projects, students will develop skill and voice as they hone the ability to write clearly and concisely for a range of audiences and purposes. Prerequisite: EN 111. Course Fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 150 Publication Production
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
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Students participate in the production of the College’s publication, the Aurora. Course may be taken more than once.

Campus & Online 1 Credit
EN 157 Professional Writing I
Campus & Online | Credits
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Professional Writing I is the foundation course for the Professional Writing major and minor. Presented in the context of tasks common to the professional workplace, students will produce writing in a range of rhetorical modes and formats supported by dedicated research. Individual and group work will provide the opportunity to hone writing and presentation skills while developing an understanding of print and web-based communication. Prerequisite: EN 111

Campus & Online Credits
EN 212 Creative Writing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose. Satisfies English Education, professional writing, and creative writing requirements.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 257 Professional Writing II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Building upon the foundation established in Professional Writing I, Professional Writing II provides students with the opportunity to develop and produce work in a range of writing projects across both academic and professional genres. From essays and reviews to profiles and proposals, students will create a range of documents that directly reflect rhetorical situations encountered in the professional work place as well as academia. In addition to the requisite research and writing, students will produce personal and web-based presentations of their efforts. Prerequisite: EN 111 (Completion with a minimum of a “B” grade) and EN 157.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 321 Nonfiction Literature
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Students will read and discuss nonfiction literature covering a range of contemporary topics. In addition to study of technique and narrative style, students participating in the course will have the opportunity to write about and present their observations on how selected writers and journalists have expressed themselves along with the cultural impact of their writing. Spring, even years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 330 Public Relations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of the public relations function, plus an examination of the practice of public relations in business and industry, education, politics and government associations and professional societies, health care, voluntary agencies, churches and the arts. Prerequisite: EN 101.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 398 Senior Thesis/Project Preparation
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
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Students participating in the Professional Writing and English majors will have the opportunity to complete coursework formally identifying and developing their individual Senior Thesis/Capstone Project. Students will select and work closely with a faculty advisor as they perform research and develop supporting material for the Senior Thesis/Capstone Project. Text/materials will be specific to the individual student’s project.

Campus & Online 1 Credit
EN 419 Advanced Professional Writing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course focuses on the continued development and refinement of skills introduced in Professional Writing (EN 257). Coursework will include elements of academic, creative, and technical writing employed across a range of styles. Students will have the opportunity to develop coursework in a fashion that will best compliment their academic and future career goals. Prerequisite: EN 257.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 421 Nonfiction Writing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Offers students guided practice in writing essays in a flexible, contemporary genre familiar to readers of memoir and literary journalism. Students draw on personal experience to produce essays that are conversational in tone and non- traditional in structure and may also include factual report or research. Spring, odd years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 490 Internship
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the student’s major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics. As needed.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 498 Senior Thesis/Capstone Project
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Students participating in the Professional Writing and English majors will produce a Senior Thesis/Capstone Project of their own design. Having prepared for the project during the fall semester (EN 398), students will continue to work with their faculty advisor as they complete an extensive academic work that demonstrates professional command of subject matter as well as the academic writing process as a whole. Prerequisite: EN 398

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Electives

6 credit hours required; Students must select and complete one lower– and one upper-division course for a total of six credit hours. Please note that these may include courses in English, Art, Graphic Design, Media Art, History, etc. in order to best develop the student’s individual course of study. Course selection must be approved by student’s advisor.

 

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

The professional writing minor requires 24 credit hours of English related coursework.

Required Courses

24 credit hours required; all courses listed. EN 150 must be completed three times for a total of three credit hours.

EN 101 Introduction to Mass Media
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Campus: Fall, every year. WOL: Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 115 Editing and Copywriting
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

The course focuses upon editorial fundamentals, including appropriate use of grammar and mechanics, professional research, and the application of multiple writing styles. Through a range of writing and editorial projects, students will develop skill and voice as they hone the ability to write clearly and concisely for a range of audiences and purposes. Prerequisite: EN 111. Course Fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 150 Publication Production
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
Show Course Description

Students participate in the production of the College’s publication, the Aurora. Course may be taken more than once.

Campus & Online 1 Credit
EN 157 Professional Writing I
Campus & Online | Credits
Show Course Description

Professional Writing I is the foundation course for the Professional Writing major and minor. Presented in the context of tasks common to the professional workplace, students will produce writing in a range of rhetorical modes and formats supported by dedicated research. Individual and group work will provide the opportunity to hone writing and presentation skills while developing an understanding of print and web-based communication. Prerequisite: EN 111

Campus & Online Credits
EN 212 Creative Writing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Introduces techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose. Satisfies English Education, professional writing, and creative writing requirements.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 257 Professional Writing II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Building upon the foundation established in Professional Writing I, Professional Writing II provides students with the opportunity to develop and produce work in a range of writing projects across both academic and professional genres. From essays and reviews to profiles and proposals, students will create a range of documents that directly reflect rhetorical situations encountered in the professional work place as well as academia. In addition to the requisite research and writing, students will produce personal and web-based presentations of their efforts. Prerequisite: EN 111 (Completion with a minimum of a “B” grade) and EN 157.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 321 Nonfiction Literature
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Students will read and discuss nonfiction literature covering a range of contemporary topics. In addition to study of technique and narrative style, students participating in the course will have the opportunity to write about and present their observations on how selected writers and journalists have expressed themselves along with the cultural impact of their writing. Spring, even years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 421 Nonfiction Writing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Offers students guided practice in writing essays in a flexible, contemporary genre familiar to readers of memoir and literary journalism. Students draw on personal experience to produce essays that are conversational in tone and non- traditional in structure and may also include factual report or research. Spring, odd years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

With a professional writing degree, you will be prepared for a variety of careers including:

  • public relations
  • grant writing
  • web design and development
  • journalism
  • marketing
  • technical writing
  • account management
  • editing
  • creative writing
  • communication manager
  • publishing