English:Professional Writing- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of English, 356 Bachelor Hall, 513-529-5221.

The English department offers four majors: creative writingliteraturelinguistics, and professional writing. These concentrations lead to an A.B.

Program Requirements

(42 semester hours)

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Professional Writing is designed for students who wish to engage with the theory and practice of writing for various purposes and in different print and digital media. Students may choose one of four tracks:

  1. Digital and Technical Communication
  2. Editing in Professional Contexts
  3. Public Writing and Rhetoric
  4. Self-Designed

The major requires 42 hours: five core courses (15 hours); five track courses, one of which is required (15 hours); and four elective courses in any 200-level or above course in the English Department (12 hours).

Core courses
ENG 223Rhetorical Strategies for Writers3
ENG/IMS 224Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds3
JRN 201Reporting and News Writing I3
ENG/IMS 411/ENG 511/IMS 511Visual Rhetoric3
ENG Capstone:
ENG 415Capstone in Professional Writing3
or ENG 495R Capstone in Rhetoric & Writing
Track
Select one of four tracks15
Open Electives
Select four courses from any 200-level or above course in the English Department. 112
Total Credit Hours42
1

This may include 200-level and above ENG courses from the tracks.

Tracks

Editing in Professional Contexts

Required course
ENG 412/512Print and Digital Editing3
or JRN 316 Editing and Design
Elective courses
Select four courses of the following:12-13
Humanities and Technology
Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture
Varieties of English: Dialect Diversity and Language Change
The Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization
Advanced Composition
Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry
Structure of Modern English
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion
Business Writing
The Literary Marketplace
Creative Non-Fiction
Internship
Writing Center Consulting
Grant and Proposal Writing
Writing for Global Audiences
Specialized Journalism
Total Credit Hours15-16

Public Writing and Rhetoric

Required course
ENG 310Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion3
or ENG 413/513 Grant and Proposal Writing
Elective courses
Select four courses of the following:12
Writing with Purpose: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Communication
Asian/Asian American Studies
Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture
Special Topics in Language Awareness
Writing for Media
The Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization
Advanced Composition
Business Writing
Legal Writing and Reasoning
Writing Center Consulting
Internship
Interactive Business Communication
Print and Digital Editing
Writing for Global Audiences
Ethics and Digital Media
Environmental Communication
Advanced Storytelling in Journalism
Public Affairs Reporting
Total Credit Hours15

Digital and Technical Communication

Required course
ENG 313Technical Writing3
Elective courses
Select four courses of the following:12
Humanities and Technology
Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture
The Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization
Narrative and Digital Technology
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion
Internship
Interactive Business Communication
Print and Digital Editing
Grant and Proposal Writing
Usability and User Experience
Writing for Global Audiences
Ethics and Digital Media
Web and Interaction Design
Usability and Digital Media Design
Social Media Marketing and Online Community Management
Advanced Web Design
Interactive Media Studies Practicum
Online Journalism
Total Credit Hours15

Self-Designed

Required course
Select one required course from one of the other tracks3
Elective courses
Select four elective courses from the other tracks12
Total Credit Hours15

In consultation with your advisor, you may design your own track.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following course: ENG 223 and either ENG 415 or ENG 495.