Professional Writing Major Curriculum

Our Professional Writing curriculum allows you to tailor your degree to the type of writing that you want to pursue professionally.  

We have an extensive range of writing electives—the only downside is that you won't have time to take all of them. The good news: our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to get a head start on the fun stuff by starting you in writing courses in your first semester. After your first year of exploring different fields and genres of writing, you'll declare a specialization.

In your very first class, we ask you, "Who are you as a person? Who are you as a writer?" Be ready to watch your answers change throughout your college career.

Professional Writing Major Curriculum 2020-2021

Professional Writing Curriculum with Journalism Concentration


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to the Writing Profession
(WRT 100)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115) or
Math elective

Media & Society
(COM 120)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120)

Fundamentals of Journalism
(WRT 200)

Writing elective or
General elective

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.

First Semester

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110)

Professional Writing Portfolio I
(WRT 201)

Writing & Producing Online Journalism
(WRT 205)

Writing elective or
General elective

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

Magazine Publishing
(WRT 215)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Principles of Public Relations
(COM 210)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 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

News Writing & Production
(BRD 218)

Professional Writing Portfolio II
(WRT 301)

Photojournalism
(COM 206)

Writing elective

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Writing elective

General elective

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)


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

Literature Seminar
(ENG 350) 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 Concentration


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to the Writing Profession
(WRT 100)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115) or
Math elective

Media & Society
(COM 120)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120)

Fundamentals of Journalism
(WRT 200)

Writing elective or
General elective

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.

First Semester

Writing & Producing Online Journalism
(WRT 205)

Literary Magazine II
(WRT 210)

Writing elective

Professional Writing Portfolio I
(WRT 201)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 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 a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 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

Publishing in the 21st Century
(WRT 346)

Reading & Writing in Genre
(WRT 350) or
Writing elective

Writing elective

Professional Writing Portfolio II
(WRT 301)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Reading & Writing in Genre
(WRT 350) or
Writing elective

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

General elective

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)


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

Literature Seminar
(ENG 350) 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 Creative Writing/Literature Concentration


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to the Writing Profession
(WRT 100)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115) or
Math elective

Media & Society
(COM 120)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing
(WRT 120)

Fundamentals of Journalism
(WRT 200)

General elective or writing elective

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.

First Semester

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

Professional Writing Portfolio I
(WRT 201)

Reading & Writing Poetry
(ENG 250)

Writing Elective

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Reading & Writing Fiction
(ENG 215)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Principles of PR
(COM 210)

Writing elective

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 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

Advanced Fiction
(WRT 325) or
Advanced Creative Non-Fiction
(WRT 337) or
Advanced Poetry
(WRT 324)

Publishing in the 21st Century
(WRT 346)

Transmedia Storytelling
(WRT 347) or
Writing elective

Professional Writing Portfolio II
(WRT 301)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Writing elective

General elective

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)


Fourth Year

First Semester

Professional Writing Internship
(CCM 493)

300/400 level writing elective

Reading & Writing in Genre
(WRT 350)

Writing elective

Transmedia Storytelling
(WRT 347) or
Writing elective

Second Semester

Literature Seminar
(ENG 350) or
300/400 level writing elective

Professional Writing Portfolio III
(WRT 401)

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Reading & Writing in Genre
(WRT 350)


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