Professional Writing Track
Here are some highlights of the new undergraduate Professional Writing track:
- Founded on the clear values of a liberal arts education.
- Begins with the reading and analysis of imaginative literature.
- The major includes one required internship course.
- Allows you to advance to more specialized courses in professional writing.
- Emphasizes the importance of rhetoric, that is, the ideas of purpose and audience in writing.
- Opens up a number of professional writing careers, including medical science writing, technical writing, writing as healing, environmental writing, compliance and regulatory writing, film writing, and more.
Professional Writing Major Requirements:
1. Two 200-level literature courses (EN 250 not appropriate as literature option): 6 credit hours
Majors are strongly encouraged to take at least one of the following three courses:
EN 214 Major British Writers
EN 222 Introduction to Shakespeare
EN 277 Major American Writers
One 200-level literature course serves as the prerequisite for 300- and 400-level literature courses.
2. Four 300-level courses: 12 credit hours
Two that are pre-1800. Choose from:
EN 311 Old English or EN 312 Late Med
EN 320 Henry or EN 321 Stuart
EN 330 Augustan or EN 331 Late 18th
Two that are post-1800. Choose from:
EN 340 Romantic or EN 351 Victorian
EN 360 Mod Brit or EN 361 Cont Brit.
EN 371 19th Amer or EN 372 Amer
3. Professional Writing Courses: 12 credit hours
Two courses from the introductory level, one of which is prerequisite to the 400-level Professional Writing courses:
EN 250 Writing and the Professions (encouraged as preparation for specialized level courses)
One course from: EN 290, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, CO 225
Two courses from the specialized level :
EN 405 Writing About Film
EN 406 Writing and the Environment
EN 407 Writing about Our Health
EN 408 Writing in the New Media
EN 409 Technical Writing
EN 410 Special Topics in Writing
With Chair’s permission, an appropriate course from another JCU department may replace one of the 400-level courses.
4. Study of Language and Theory: 3 credit hours. One course from:
EN 485 Contemporary English Grammar
EN 488 History of the English Language
EN 489 Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
EN 490 History of Literary Theory and Criticism
EN 495 Critical Practice
5. One 400-level literature course: 3 credit hours
6. Internship(s) in Professional Writing: a total of 3 credit hours
7. A portfolio to be submitted to the English Department
Minor in Professional Writing: Six required courses from the following areas: 1) EN 250 2) EN 300 3) One course from EN 301, 302, 303, 304, CO 225 4) Two courses in Professional Writing on 400 level (see 3. above) 5) Internship(s) in Professional Writing.