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Online Professional and Creative Writing Major

Do you want to graduate with an adaptable, tech-savvy, professional degree?  Our writing program is designed to prepare students for success in the contemporary work environment. It combines the rigor of creative writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting with the practical elements of professional and technical writing and editing.  The major's interdisciplinary range allows students to shape their major with courses that best suit their interests and goals.

 

Students in the program gain an in-depth understanding of multiple genres.  They learn how to give helpful, good-spirited feedback to fellow writers.  They gain valuable experience writing for their audiences, editing for content and correctness, practicing genre-specific craft, thinking critically, working on the web and making a strong impression with language.  These skills are easily transferred to any career involving written communication skills, and our graduates work for businesses, agencies, publications, government offices, and non-profit organizations.

 

Students in the program gain an in-depth understanding of multiple genres. They learn how to give helpful, good-spirited feedback to fellow writers. In practicums and internships, they gain valuable experience writing, creating websites, and editing for companies, government offices, and organizations.

 

Applying for and beginning the major:

Meet with our Online Professional and Creative Writing Major advisor to apply for the major and plan your program. Plan to take ENG 263, ENG 302, and ENG 303 early in your program because they are pre-requisites for many upper-division literature and writing courses. Take ENG 320 (English Grammar) early in your program.

Transfer students planning may be able to transfer an Introduction to Creative Writing course that will substitute for ENG 263, and 200-level Communication courses comparable to those listed in our Professional Writing and Editing strand.

 

Course of Study and Two-Year Schedule

The Online Professional and Creative Writing Major can be completed in two years. See below for planned course offerings. The schedule is subject to change, so please check this site regularly. For courses offered by other departments, check with the originating department for scheduled offerings.

 

Required Courses (32 credits)

Required Courses

2016-2017

2017-2018

ENG 263 Intro to Creative Writing (5)

Fall *

 

Spr *

Sum

Fall

 

Spr *

ENG 301 Rhetoric for Professional Writers (5)

 

Win *

 

Sum

 

Win *

 

ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics (5)

Fall *

   

Fall *

  

ENG 303 Principles of Eng. Studies (5)

Fall

   

Fall

  

ENG 320 English Grammar (5)

 

Win *

Spr  

Win *

 

ENG 323 Writing & Editing for Publ. (5)

Fall *

   

Fall *

  

ENG 489 Senior Colloquium (2)

 

Win *

Spr *

  

Win *

Spr *

    * Section reserved for Online Professional and Creative Writing majors

Writing Courses (27 credits)

Select 27 credits from a combination of creative writing, professional writing and editing, and practicum courses, including a minimum of 2 practicum credits. Note: For courses in other departments, you may need to check with that department for scheduled offerings.

Creative Writing Electives

2016-2017

2017-2018

COM/ENG 267 Screenwriting Fundamentals (4)

       

ENG 364 Fiction Writing (5)

Fall *

   

Fall *

  

ENG 365 Poetry Writing (5)

 

Win *

   

Win *

 

ENG 366 Creative Nonfiction Writing (5)

  

Spr *

   

Spr *

ENG 464 Advanced Fiction Writing (5)

  

Spr *

  

Win *

 

ENG 465 Advanced Poetry Writing (5)

 

Win *

   

Win *

 

ENG 466 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (5)

Fall

   

Fall *

  

ENG 468 Contemporary Writer's Colloquium (5)

  

Spr *

   

Spr *

    * Section reserved for Online Professional and Creative Writing majors

 

Professional Writing and Editing Electives

2016-2017

2017-2018

ENG 310 Technical Writing (4)

Fall

Win

Spr

Sum

Fall

Win

Spr

ENG 404 Advanced Technical Writing (5)

 

Win

   

Win

 

ENG 472 Research Methods for Workplace Writers (5)

  

Spr *

   

Spr *

    * Section reserved for Online Professional and Creative Writing majors

 

Practicum Courses (min. 2 credits)

2016-2017

2017-2018

ENG 490 Cooperative Education (1-6)

Fall

Win

Spr

Sum

Fall

Win

Spr

ENG 493 Online Writing Practicum (3)

  

Spr *

   

Spr *

    * Section reserved for Online Professional and Creative Writing majors

Literature, Language, and Film Courses (15 credits)

Select 15 credits of literature, language, and film courses at or above the 300 level. No more than 5 credits of film studies courses may be counted as elective credits in the Professional and Creative Writing Major.

Literature Electives

2016-2017

2017-2018

ENG 331 Latina/o Literature (5)

       

ENG 347 Global Perspectives in Literature (5)

Fall

  

Sum

 

Win

 

ENG 373 Literature & History III (5*)

       

ENG 415 Critical Studies in American Literature (5*)

  

Spr *

    

ENG 417 Critical Studies in World Literature (5*)

 

Win *

     

ENG 453 Studies in Fiction (5*)

       

    * Section reserved for Online Professional and Creative Writing majors

Total: 74 credits

 

 

 

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