Curriculum

The curriculum of the Professional Writing major allows you to tailor your degree to the type of writing that you are most interested in pursuing professionally. Our range of writing electives, possibly the most extensive of any writing program, includes food writing, travel writing, copy-editing, photojournalism, screenwriting, game writing, and more than twenty other options.

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to get a head start on these skills by starting your Professional Writing classes in your first semester. In your very first class, we ask you, "Who are you as a person? Who are you as a writer?" By the time you finish your first year, you will have taken upward of three courses related to your major!

Professional Writing Curriculum 2013-14


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to the Writing Profession
(WRT 100)

Public Speaking
(COM 110) OR

Fundamentals of Acting
(THE 140)

Media and Society
(MCM 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120) OR

Creative Non-Fiction
(WRT 137)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Math Elective
(MTH XXX)

General Elective or Specialization Course


Second Year

First Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120) OR

Creative Non-Fiction
(WRT 137)

Literature or Language or Fine Arts Elective

Writing Elective or Specialization Course

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Professional Writing Portfolio I
(WRT 201)

Print Journalism
(WRT 200) OR

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

Literature or Language or Fine Arts Elective

Writing Elective or Specialization Course

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)


Third Year

First Semester

Print Journalism
(WRT 200) OR

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Writing Elective or Specialization Course

Writing Elective or Specialization Course

Second Semester

Professional Writing Portfolio II
(WRT 301)

Local Contexts, Global Connections 
(COR 330)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)

Natural Science Elective with Lab
(SCI XXX)

Writing Elective at 300 or 400 Level or Specialization Course

Writing Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Professional Writing Internship
(WRT 490)

Writing Elective or Specialization Course

Writing Elective

General Elective

Second Semester

Shakespearean Drama
(ENG 361) OR

Adv. Literature Seminar
(ENG 350)

Professional Writing Porfolio III
(WRT 401)

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Writing Elective

General Elective


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