Curriculum

The curriculum of the Professional Writing major allows you to tailor your degree to the type of writing that you want to pursue professionally. Our range of writing electives, the most extensive of any writing program, includes food writing, travel writing, copyediting, 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 2016-2017


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

Writing Elective

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115)

General Elective or Specialization Course


Second Year

First Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120) OR

Writing Elective

Professional Writing Portfolio I 
(WRT 201)

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)

Fundamentals of Journalism (Formerly 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

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320 and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Fundamentals of Journalism 
(WRT 200) OR

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*

(COR 330)

Writing Elective or Specialization Course

Writing Elective or Specialization Course

Second Semester

Professional Writing Portfolio II
(WRT 301)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(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 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 or Specialization Course

General Elective