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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Professional Writing

Berks College (PWRIT)

The major is intended to prepare students to write effectively in a variety of workplace and academic settings. Methods of instruction draw upon the strategies and techniques of practicing writers outside of the University, including workshops, peer conferencing, collaborative writing, portfolio preparation, and internships. At the same time, theory courses provide the necessary background to help students understand and appreciate the larger issues surrounding the writing and reading of texts.

As a liberal arts degree, the Professional Writing major is appropriate for students who wish to develop a set of applied communication skills to prepare for a wide range of professional positions or for graduate or professional schools. The degree differs from most current English majors in at least three ways: 1) a practical orientation prepares graduates for employment, in addition to post-graduate English studies; 2) a multidisciplinary focus integrates courses from the liberal arts, business, and information technology; and 3) a required internship ensures that students actively apply their skills.

For the B.A. degree in Professional Writing, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 39 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
ENGL 211W(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 417(3), ENGL 471(3), ENGL 491(3), ENGL 495(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)

Rhetorical Theory
Select 3 credits from the following:
ENGL 472(3), ENGL 473(3), ENGL 474(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Writing for Publication
Select 3 credits from the following:
COMM 260W(3), ENGL 215(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Workplace Writing
Select 3 credits from the following:
ENGL 418(3), ENGL 419(3)

Visual Design
Select 3 credits from the following:
ENGL 420(3), ENGL 480(3)

Advertising and Public Relations
Select 3 credits from the following:
COMM 320(3), COMM 370(3)

Creative Writing
Select 3 credits from the following:
ENGL 212(3), ENGL 213(3), ENGL 415(3)

Additional Writing Courses
Select 6 credits from the following
CAS 214W(3), COMM 260W(3), COMM 320(3), COMM 370(3), ENGL 110(3), ENGL 212(3), ENGL 213(3), ENGL 215(3), ENGL 250(3), ENGL 415(3), ENGL 416(3), ENGL 418(3), ENGL 419(3), ENGL 420(3), ENGL 421(3), ENGL 472(3), ENGL 473(3), ENGL 474(3), ENGL 480(3) (Sem: 3-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-01-065

Review Date: 08/24/2010

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