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 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 2017-2018

Professional Writing Curriculum with Journalism Specialization


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to the Writing Profession
(WRT 100)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115)

Media and Society
(COM 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120) 

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Fundamentals of Journalism 
(WRT 200)

General Elective or Writing Elective


Second Year

First Semester

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) 

Professional Writing Portfolio I 
(WRT 201)

Writing and Producing Online Journalism 
(WRT 205)

General Elective or Writing Elective

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Technical Writing

(WRT 231)

Magazine Publishing 
(WRT 215)

Marketing 
(MKT 110)  OR

Principles of PR 
(COM 210)

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. 

** Students in the Professional Writing major can study abroad either semester.  However, BRD 218 News Writing/Production is a fall-only course and COM 206 Photojournalism is a spring-only course, so students and advisors will have to map a study plan early so the one "missing" course can be taken in the sophomore or senior year in place of a writing elective.

First Semester

News Writing/Production **
(BRD 218) OR

Photojournalism **
(COM 206)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Professional Writing Portfolio II

(WRT 301)

Writing Elective

Writing Elective

Second Semester (Study Abroad Semester)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Natural Science Elective with Lab
(SCI XXX)

Writing Elective

General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Professional Writing Internship
(CCM 493)

Advanced Journalism
(WRT 340)

Legal Issues in Communication
(COM 365)

300/400 level Writing Elective

Writing Elective

Second Semester

Shakespearean Drama
(ENG 361) OR

300/400 level Writing Elective

Professional Writing Portfolio III
(WRT 401)

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Writing Elective


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Professional Writing Curriculum with Editing/Publishing Specialization


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to the Writing Profession
(WRT 100)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115)

Media and Society
(COM 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120) 

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Fundamentals of Journalism

(WRT 200) 

General Elective or Writing Elective


Second Year

First Semester

Writing and Producing Online Journalism 
(WRT 205)

Professional Writing Portfolio I 
(WRT 201)

Magazine Publishing 
(WRT 215)

Writing Elective

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Professional Copyediting 
(WRT 345)

Marketing 
(MKT 110) OR

Principals of PR
(COM 210)

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

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.

**Students in the Professional Writing major can study abroad either semester.

First Semester

Publishing in the 21st Century 
(WRT 346)

Reading and Writing in Genre
(WRT 350) OR

Writing Elective

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Writing Elective

Professional Writing Portfolio II
(WRT 301)

Second Semester (Study Abroad Semester)**

Reading and Writing in Genre
(WRT 350) OR

Writing Elective

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Natural Science Elective with Lab
(SCI XXX)

General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Professional Writing Internship
(CCM 493)

Publishing in the 21st Century 
(WRT 346)

Legal Issues in Communication
(COM 365)

300/400 level Writing Elective

Writing Elective

Second Semester

Shakespearean Drama
(ENG 361) OR

300/400 level Writing Elective

Professional Writing Porfolio III
(WRT 401)

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Writing Elective


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Professional Writing Curriculum with Creative Writing/Literature Specialization


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to the Writing Profession
(WRT 100)

Foundations of Mathematics 
(MTH 115) 

Media and Society
(COM 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Fundamentals of Journalism 
(WRT 200)

General Elective or Writing Elective


Second Year

First Semester

Technical Writing
(WRT 231) 

Professional Writing Portfolio I 
(WRT 201)

Reading and Writing Poetry 
(ENG 250)

Writing Elective

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Reading and Writing Fiction 
(ENG 215)

Marketing 
(MKT 110) OR

Principles of PR
(COM 210)

Writing Elective

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.

** Students in the Professional Writing major can study abroad either semester.   However WRT 324 Advanced Poetry is a Spring Only course, and WRT 325 Advanced Fiction and WRT 337 Advanced Creative Non-Fiction are Fall only. This could mean that students focusing in poetry should go abroad in Fall while students focusing in fiction or creative non-fiction should go abroad in Spring. Students and advisors will have to map a study plan early so any potential "missing" courses can be taken sophomore or senior year in place of a writing elective.

First Semester

Advanced Fiction 
(WRT 325) OR

Advanced Creative Non-Fiction 
(WRT 337) OR

Advanced Poetry 
(WRT 324) 

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Publishing in the 21st Century 
(WRT 346)

Transmedia Storytelling

(WRT 347) OR

Writing Elective 

Professional Writing Portfolio II
(WRT 301)

Second Semester (Study Abroad Semester)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Natural Science Elective with Lab
(SCI XXX)

Writing Elective

General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Professional Writing Internship
(CCM 493)

300/400 level Writing Elective 

Reading and Writing in Genre 
(WRT 350)

Writing Elective 

Transmedia Storytelling
(WRT 347) OR

Writing Elective 

Second Semester

Shakespearean Drama
(ENG 361) OR

300/400 level Writing Elective 

Professional Writing Portfolio III
(WRT 401)

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Reading and Writing in Genre 
(WRT 350)


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