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College of Arts and Humanities

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 Three-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.

 

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.

Required Courses2018-20192019-2020
ENG 263 Intro to Creative Writing (5)F SF S
ENG 301 Rhetoric for Professional Writers (5) W  W 
ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics (5)F  F  
ENG 303 Principles of Eng. Studies (5)FW F  
ENG 320 English Grammar (5) W  W 
ENG 323 Writing & Editing for Publ. (5)F  F  
ENG 489 Senior Colloquium (2) WS WS
     Sections in bold 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 Electives2018-20192019-2020
COM/ENG 267 Screenwriting Fundamentals (4)      
ENG 364 Fiction Writing (5)F  F  
ENG 365 Poetry Writing (5) W  W 
ENG 366 Creative Nonfiction Writing (5)  S  S
ENG 464 Advanced Fiction Writing (5)  S  S
ENG 465 Advanced Poetry Writing (5) W  W 
ENG 466 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (5)F  F  
ENG 468 Contemporary Writer's Colloquium (5)  S  S
     Sections in bold reserved for Online Professional and Creative Writing majors
Professional Writing and Editing Electives2018-20192019-2020
ENG 310 Technical Writing (4)FWSFWS
ENG 311 Business Writing (3)FWSFWS
ENG 315 Visual Rhetoric and Document Design (5) W    
ENG 404 Advanced Technical Writing (5) W  W 
ENG 456 Studies in Rhetoric (5)F  F  
ENG 472 Research Methods for Workplace Writers (5)     S
ENG 473 Grant Writing Theory and Practice (5)F  F  
     Sections in bold reserved for Online Professional and Creative Writing majors
Practicum Courses (min. 2 credits)2018-20192019-2020
ENG 490 Cooperative Education (Var)FWSFWS
ENG 493 Online Writing Practicum (3)  S  S
     Sections in bold 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 Electives2018-20192019-2020
ENG 331 Latina/o Literature (5)      
ENG 347 Global Perspectives in Literature (5)F SF S
ENG 373 Literature & History III (5*)      
ENG 415 Critical Studies in American Literature (5*)  S   
ENG 417 Critical Studies in World Literature (5*)      
ENG 453 Studies in Fiction (5*)  S W 
ENG 454 Studies in Nonfiction (5*) W F  
     Sections in bold reserved for Online Professional and Creative Writing majors

Total: 74 credits

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