Professional Writing Major

Bachelor of Science

The Professional Writing major prepares students to be able to write in any of several professional venues. Students in this major will be practicing professional writing in all of their courses and will be assembling a portfolio of professional writing samples. In addition, they will participate in at least two workshop and professional experiences. The degree is granted upon completion of 125 credits as specified in the catalog.

  • Biblical Worldview & Academic Disciplines requirement in core curriculum must include ENG4435 [WCE].

Required Courses – 18 credits

  • ENG3125 – Advanced English Grammar: Syntax – 4 credits
  • ENG3246 – Writing for Organizations – 2 credits
  • JOU2061 – Writing for Mass Media – 4 credits
  • JOU2625 – Journalism Workshop –1 credit
  • JOU3268 – Persuasive Writing – 2 credits
  • JOU3269 – Publication Production – 2 credits
  • ENG4858 – Senior Capstone: Professional Writing (OCE)* – 2 credits
  • Internships – 4 credits

Select at least one internship from the following:

  • BUS4995 – Marketing Internship – 1–3 credits
  • COM4995 – Communication Internship – 1–3 credits
  • ENG4995 – Professional Experience – 1–3 credits
  • JOU4995 – Journalism Internship – 1–3 credits
  • PRL4995 – Public Relations Internship – 1–3 credits

Select at least one internship or workshop from the following:

  • BUS4995 – Marketing Internship – 1–3 credits
  • COM4995 – Communication Internship – 1–3 credits
  • ENG4995 – Professional Experience – 1–3 credits
  • JOU2625 – Journalism Workshop –1 credit
  • JOU4625 – Journalism Workshop –1 credit
  • JOU4995 – Journalism Internship – 1–3 credits
  • PRL4995 – Public Relations Internship – 1–3 credits

Courses selected from the following – 20 credits

  • BUS2135 – Business Communication – 2 credits
  • EMC2015 – Electronic Journalism – 2 credits
  • EMC3225 – Radio News – 2 credits
  • EMC3235 – Television News – 2 credits
  • ENG2235 – Editing and Proofreading – 2 credits
  • ENG3245 – Writing for Magazines – 2 credits
  • ENG3247 – Technical Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3248 – Grant Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3249 – Topics: Social Media Marketing – 2 credits
  • ENG3315 – Online Help Authoring – 2 credits
  • ENG3316 – Freelance Copywriting – 2 credits
  • JOU3266 – Community Journalism – 2 credits
  • JOU4265 – Freelance Journalism – 2 credits
  • JOU4266 – Investigative Journalism – 2 credits
  • MKT1085 – Principles of Marketing – 4 credits
  • MKT3188 – Advertising & Promotion – 4 credits
  • PRL2085 – Public Relations Principles & Concepts – 4 credits
  • PRL3385 – PR Writing & Tactics – 4 credits
  • WCM3055 – Writing for the Web – 2 credits
  • WCM3056 – Web Content Strategy – 2 credits

WCE = Written Communication Emphasis; OCE = Oral Communication Emphasis. See the catalog for explanation and prerequisites.