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English Major: Professional Writing Course Descriptions

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Course Descriptions

From the Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012:

The professional writing concentration (reference number 662) requires a minimum of 39 hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.

Requirements include:

  • ENG 299, 304, 381, 382, 385, 391, 392, and 414 (capstone, which should be taken the final semester of coursework)
  • Any four of the following courses: ENG 301, 306, 307, 401, 402, 412, and 415
  • One elective from department offerings

A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses applying to the major.

It is strongly recommended that students in the professional writing concentration also complete an internship (ENG 369).

Required Courses

ENG 299 Introduction to English Studies (3 hours)
Effective Fall 2009, Prerequisites: ENG 200 or Permission of Instructor
Introduction to the discipline of English studies for literature and writing majors, including exploration of issues and conflict within the discipline, strategies for reading and researching literary texts, overview of requirements and opportunities within the major, and introduction to career and graduate study options.

ENG 304 English Language (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
A study of the sounds, word structures, and sentence patterns of modern English, with emphasis given to parts of speech, phrases, and clauses.

ENG 381 Survey of English (British) Literature I (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of elected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of English literature to 1798.

ENG 382 Survey of English (British) Literature II (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of selected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of English literature from 1798 to the present.

ENG 385 World Literature (3 Hours)
Pre-Requisite: ENG 200
Study of selected works in translation by major figures in world literature from ancient Greece to modern Europe, exclusive of British and American writers.

ENG 391 Survey of American Literature I (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A study of selected works by representative authors reflecting the chronological development of American Literature to 1865.

ENG 392 Survey of American Literature II (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A study of selected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of American Literature from 1865 to the present.

Professional Writing Electives

ENG 301 Argument and Analysis (3 hours)
Prerequisites ENG 100 and 300
For students preparing for professional or graduate schools and general studies seeking to improve their writing. Major attention to how idea and audience determine purpose, form, and content of writing.

ENG 306 Business Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
Designed to meet the needs of students in business fields, this course teaches the preparation of written reports, case studies, and other forms of professional writing.

ENG 307 Technical Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
Designed to meet the needs of students in engineering and other technical fields, this course teaches the preparation of written and oral reports. Emphasizes formal and informal reports, but also includes various kinds of business letters, memoranda, and other forms necessary in the students' future professional role.

ENG 369 Cooperative Education in English I (Internship) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Admission to departmental cooperative program.
Appropriate supervised work with a cooperating organization.

ENG 401 Advanced Composition (3 Hours)
Prerequisites ENG 100 and ENG 300
Theory and practice in reading and writing various genres of non-fiction, including researched essays, cultural critique, deposition, narrative, and argument. Special attention to style, voice, arrangement, and advanced writing techniques.

ENG 402 Editing and Publishing (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 306 or ENG 307 and one additional upper-level professional writing course. Editing collections of student works in several types, including experience in computer text editing, lectures by visiting publishers and editors of books, journals, and newspapers.

ENG 412 Theory and Practice of Rhetoric (3 Hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 300 and either ENG 200 or any B1 equivalent This course surveys classical, traditional, and contemporary rhetoric as it is applied to written discourse. Emphasis will be placed on invention, arrangement, and style. Readings will include the work of classical and modern rhetoricians. Rhetorically oriented methods of teaching written discourse will be considered.

ENG 415 Technology and Writing (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 300
Study of issues surrounding interrelations of technology and writing; effects of technologies (e.g. printing press, computers) on writing processes and on types of writing; institutional changes wrought by computers.

 

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