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Degree Requirements

Program of Courses

A minimum of 123 credits is required for the bachelor's degree in in Professional Writing. 84 credits are required general education courses, electives, and baccalaureate requirements, and 39 credits are specific to the major.

Formal admission to the major requires 60 credits and a 2.0 GPA.  However, even before you have 60 credits, please contact the Program Coordinator for advising and other important information. If you have questions about the courses you should take, please contact Dr. Weisser at crw17@psu.edu

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits (Includes 1-3 credits of First-Year Seminar)

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
Foreign Language: proficiency of 12 credits of coursework or the equivalent
Arts: 3 credits
Humanities: 3 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Other Cultures: 3 credits
Electives: 15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 39 credits

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing

Prescribed Courses (Choose 15 credits)
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
ENGL 211W Introduction to Writing Studies  
X
 
 

ENGL 417

The Editorial Process  
 
  X
 X
ENGL 471 Rhetorical Traditions  
 
X
 X
ENGL 491 The Capstone Course in Professional Writing  
 
 
X
ENGL 495 Internship (3 credits)  
 
X
X
Writing for Publication (Choose 3 credits)
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
COMM 260W  News Writing and Reporting
 
 X
 X
ENGL 215 Introduction to Article Writing
 
 X
 X 
 
Workplace Writing (Choose 3 credits)
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
ENGL 418 Advanced Technical Writing
 
 
ENGL 419 Advanced Business writing
 
 
   
 
Visual Design (Choose 3 credits)
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
ENGL 420 Writing for the Web
 
 
 X
 X 
ENGL 480 Communication Design for Writers
 
 
 X
 X
  
  
Advertising and Public Relations (Choose 3 credits)
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
COMM 320 Introduction to Advertising
 
 X
 X
X
COMM 370 Public Relations
 
 X
 X 
 X 
   
 
Creative Writing (Choose 3 credits)
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
ENGL 212 Introduction to Fiction Writing
 
 X
ENGL 213 Introduction to Poetry Writing
 
 X

ENGL 415

Advanced Nonfiction                    

  X   X
  
 
Rhetorical Theory (Choose 3 credits)
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
ENGL 472 Current Theories of Reading and Writing
 
 
X
X
ENGL 473 Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse
 
 
X
X
ENGL 474 Issues in Rhetoric and Composition
 
 
X
X
 
 

Additional Writing Courses (Choose 6 credits; courses can only count in one category)

In addition to all courses above, this category also includes the following courses:

1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
ENGL 110* Newspaper Writing Practicum  
X
X
X
ENGL 250 Peer Tutoring in Writing  
X
X
X
ENGL 416 Science Writing    
X
X
ENGL 421 Advanced Expository Writing
 
 
X
X
CAS 214W Speech Writing  
X
X
X
* Although English 110 can be taken for up to 6 credits, a maximum of 3 credits will count toward the major in Professional Writing.