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Professional Writing Minor

Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
The professional writing minor develops writing, reading, and rhetorical expertise relevant to professional communication. Emphasizing the production and analysis of texts and practice in varied writing techniques, the minor also provides a foundation in the study of professional writing as a field of inquiry.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students majoring in Writing Studies in either emphasis (Professional Writing or Journalism) must complete a minor or second major in a field other than Journalism, Professional Writing, or Information Design.
Lower Division Core in Writing (6 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· JOUR 2001 - Reporting and Writing I (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2506 - Introduction to Writing Studies (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Core in Writing (6 cr)
The WRIT 31xx - Advanced Writing course requirement within a major may also apply to this requirement.
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writ (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
Professional Writing Electives (12 cr)
Students must take 4 different courses. No more than 3 credits of WRIT 4591 and/or WRIT 4197 may be applied to the minor. Selected COMM, ENGL, FMIS, JOUR, LING, TH or other relevant coursework, as appropriate to the plan of study for the student with department approval.
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· WRIT 2xxx
· WRIT 3xxx
· WRIT 4xxx
· Optional Elective
Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 4197 - Internship in Writing (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
 
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JOUR 2001 - Reporting and Writing I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Skill-based course in reporting and writing that introduces the fundamentals used by all jounalists; information gathering; writing basic news stories; professional news style; structure and readability; and interviewing techniques. Examples of professional journalism will be read and discussed. prereq: WRIT 1120
WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society (LE CAT7, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical survey of cultures without writing systems and cultures with writing systems and then later with printing, telegraph, radio, telephone, television, computers as well as other forms of technology. Survey of attitudes toward technology from Thoreau to Gandhi and beyond. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for Comp 1506.
WRIT 2506 - Introduction to Writing Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Considers writing itself as both a practice and an object of study. Drawing on composition, journalism, linguistics, literary studies, and rhetoric, the course offers a survey of historical, critical, and theoretical issues in writing studies. Writing assignments ask students to apply a writing studies framework to produce and analyze specific texts. prereq: 1120
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01657 - Writ 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Combines the theory and production of new media writing--digital, verbal practices in converged media--through the application of readings and discussion to five projects that progress from written, print-based genres to new-media presentation. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4197 - Internship in Writing
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01654 - Writ 4197/5197
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Practical writing experience with a media organization, publisher, business, or government agency. prereq: instructor consent, no grad credit
WRIT 4591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01660 - Writ 4591/5591
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students choose projects with their instructor. prereq: instructor consent, no grad credit