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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 Spring 2013
  • 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. 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.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Lower Division Core in Writing (6 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2506 - Introduction to Writing Studies (3.0 cr)
· LING 2506 - Language and Writing (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 2001 - Reporting and Writing I (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Core in Writing (6 cr)
The 31xx advanced writing requirement may be fulfilled by the student's major advanced writing course requirement.
WRIT 31xx
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
Professional Writing Core (6 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 4200 - Writing and Cultures (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4300 - Research Methods for the Study of Writing (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4595 {Inactive} (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4197 - Internship in Writing (1.0-3.0 cr)
Professional Writing Electives (6 cr)
No more than 3 credits of WRIT 4591 and WRIT 4197 may be applied to the entire minor in professional writing. Students may substitute relevant JOUR or LING courses with department consent.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 4100 - Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4220 - Document Design and Graphics (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4595 {Inactive} (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4197 - Internship in Writing (1.0-3.0 cr)
 
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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
LING 2506 - Language and Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: WRIT 1120
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Different from a traditional linguistic approach, language and its system will be examined with emphasis on writing, as opposed to speech. Based on the formal theoretical foundations of language and linguistics, three main topics are discussed in detail. First, the world's major writing systems and a short history of writing are introduced. Second, the English sentence structures are studied from a contemporary theoretical and historical linguistic perspective. Third, language use in writing is discussed in various genres. prereq: WRIT 1120
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 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 4200 - Writing and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Through historical, theoretical and applied lenses, examines the dialectic between writing and culture, that is, how writing shapes culture and, conversely, how culture shapes writing. Specific concepts (access, agency, community, identity and power) relevant to understanding how cultures and the social relations that constitute them are constructed and maintained will be examined in detail. prereq: 1120, minimum 60 cr
WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01573 - Writ 4260/5260
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
In addition to teaching the mechanics of graphic production, this class draws widely on the disciplines of digital design, statistics, narrative literature, engineering, and technical writing to enable students to conceive, produce, and write about visual texts critically and effectively. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4300 - Research Methods for the Study of Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01659 - Writ 4300/5300
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Provides students with instruction and practice in critiquing research, generating research questions, designing research projects, and reporting research results in the study of writing. prereq: 1120, min 60 cr, 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
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 4100 - Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01653 - Writ 4100/5100
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to basic grant writing principles, including common types of grants, project planning, locating and researching funders, and writing effective narratives, preparing budgets, and evaluating program outcomes. Course utilizes lectures, discussion, group work, and guest speakers. prereq: 1120, min 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4220 - Document Design and Graphics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01655 - Writ 4220/5220
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Principles and practice of using computer programs to design, create, and print documents that effectively integrate verbal and graphic texts. prereq: 1120, min 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01656 - Writ 4230/5230
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Practice in the aesthetic, cultural, and rhetorical uses of Web-design techniques, including discussion and writing about the theoretical and historical contexts of digital culture. prereq: Min 30 cr, 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
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