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English (ENGL)

ENGL 494 Senior Thesis in English (1-6) Senior English (ELISH) majors write a thesis arranged with in-charge person and submit it to a faculty committee for appraisal.

ENGL 494 The Capstone Course in Professional Writing (3)

English 494 is the capstone writing course for the Professional Writing degree program. Its overall purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to reflect on and integrate academic coursework, co-curricular activities, and internship experiences through the design and development of print and electronic professional portfolios. To this end, students will analyze and evaluate their own professional texts as well as the texts of their peers, focusing on rhetorical analysis, content, organization, and expression. Emphasis will be placed on producing clear, insightful, polished, professional documents for inclusion in both paper and digital portfolios.

As part of the course, students can expect to:
a) demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on their own and others' discourse practices
b) assess their own strengths and weaknesses as writers and evaluate their writings for inclusion in the portfolios
c) compile both paper and electronic portfolios that integrate relevant material from academic courses, internships, and other co-curricular learning experiences
d) demonstrate the ability to employ technology in the development of the portfolios
e) design materials that display their writing skills and rhetorical knowledge for a professional audience
f) develop a finished professional resume and application letter
g) discuss and demonstrate a variety of strategies for securing a professional writing position

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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