Professional Writing Concentration

The required interdisciplinary courses in the professional writing concentration allow students to investigate varied aspects of communication as they pertain to contemporary writers; individual students can tailor the concentration to accommodate their own particular interests within writing and the larger field of communication. Students in the concentration receive a strong grounding in writing practice as well as vital experience in visual and and design communication, oral communication, and cultural analysis.

Requirements for the B.A. in Communication Professional Writing:

1. COMM 180: Public Communication in the Digital Age

2. COMM 181: Introduction to Communication Studies

3. COMM/ENGL 216: Introduction to Professional Writing

4. COMM 400: Internship in Communication

5. COMM 473: Senior Seminar in Communication

6. At least three courses in professional writing to be selected from the following (2 courses must beat 300 level or above):

  • COMM/ENGL 211: Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • COMM/ENGL 219 Creative Writing
  • COMM/ENGL 311S: Advanced Scriptwriting
  • COMM/ENGL 312: Literary Journalism
  • COMM/ENGL 313W: Advanced Rhetoric
  • COMM/ENGL 314W: Advertising and Public Relations
  • COMM/ENGL 315: The Essay
  • COMM/ENGL 316: Writing for Convergent Media

7. At least two courses in visual, audio, and multimedia production to be selected from the following:

  • COMM/ART 218: Introduction to Photography
  • COMM/ART 221: Introduction to Digital Film Production
  • COMM/ART 251: Design Communication
  • COMM/ART 321: Advanced Digital Film Production
  • COMM/ART 351: Web Design
  • COMM/ENGL 382: Radio Broadcasting
  • COMM/ART 451: Topics in Multimedia Design

8. At least one course in cultural history and analysis to be selected from the following:

  • ART 101: Ancient through Medieval Art
  • ART 102:Rennaissance through Contemporary Art
  • COMM/ART 250: Design History
  • THEA 112 Analysis and Criticism
  • COMM/ENGL/ART 172: Introduction to Visual Culture
  • COMM/ENGL/ART 178: Introduction to Film Art
  • COMM/ENGL 262: Shakespeare and Film
  • ART 305W: History of American Art
  • ART 306S: Foundations of Modern Art
  • ART 310: History of Photography
  • THEA 307S: History of the Theatre
  • THEA 308W: History of the Theatre
  • ENGL 362S: Seminar in Cultural Studies
  • COMM/ENGL 368: Film History
  • COMM/ENGL 373S: Theory and Criticism of Film
  • COMM /ENGL 383: Digital Rhetoric and Cultures
  • COMM/ENGL/ART 399: Seminar in Film and Television Studies

At least four courses must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Eleven Courses: 44 hours

Supportive Requirements:

  • Completion of the intermediate level of a foreign language


Minor Requirements:

1. COMM 180: Public Communication in the Digital Age

2. COMM 181: Introduction to Communication Studies

3. COMM 216: Introduction to Professional Writing

4. At least three courses in professional writing to be selected from the following:

  • COMM/ENGL 219: Creative Writing
  • COMM/ENGL 211: Scriptwriting
  • COMM/ENGL: 312: Literary Journalism
  • COMM/ENGL 313W: Advanced Rhetoric
  • COMM/ENGL 314W: Advertising and Public Relations
  • COMM/ENGL 315: The Essay
  • COMM/ENGL 316: Writing for Convergent Media
  • COMM/ENGL 319S: Advanced Screenwriting

At least two courses must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Six Courses: 24 hours

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