CURRENT 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2019  
CURRENT 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

English (Professional Writing Concentration), BA

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Like all English majors, students concentrating in professional writing are sharp critical and creative thinkers. Professional writing students, you will hone their writing skills, learn to adapt to the changing demands of the marketplace, and prepare for a career in a variety of fields, including marketing, public relations, print, broadcast and electronic media, technical writing, editing and publishing, creative writing, consulting, and work with non-profit and government agencies. Professional writing students also have the option to take several creative writing workshops throughout their program, focusing on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

Liberal Studies (42 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  

Major Requirements

Language Requirement - six hours          

MFL 231, 232 or 240 Credits: 6

The major requires 34 hours as follows:

Gateway Course (one hour)

Capstone Course (three hours)

Guided English Electives (six hours)

Six hours selected from 300-400 level ENGL courses.

Other Requirements:

A total of 120 hours is required to graduate with a BA, including a minor, second major, or other approved program (at least 38 hours). Professional Writing students are encouraged to take ENGL classes as their general electives to meet the 120-hour requirement. BA English (Literature, Professional Writing, English Studies Pedagogy, or Motion Picture Studies) students who elect to enroll in the Professional Writing, Film Studies, Literature, or Creative Writing minor may not use an ENGL course for both the major and the minor; double counting of a course between majors and this minor is not allowed. All BSEd Secondary Education-English majors must also enroll in the BA English degree program. Any BA English concentration may be selected (i.e. Literature, Professional Writing, Motion Picture Studies, or English Studies Pedagogy), but the English Studies Pedagogy (ESP) concentration allows completion of both degrees within 120 hours. BSEd Secondary Education-English students who enroll in the BA English-ESP concentration satisfy the BA language requirements with the language requirement of the BSEd Secondary Education - English (six hours in any foreign language or languages). Selection of any other BA English concentration requires completion of the prescribed BA foreign language requirement (six hours MFL 231,232 or 240) and may require students to take coursework beyond the 120 hours to complete the requirements of both programs. Visit the department’s website at: to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

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