The course descriptions below are intended to provide a general overview of each course. For information about how each course fits within your curricular plan, please visit the Degree Requirements page, or contact Dr. Christian Weisser
ENGL 110 - Newswriting Practicum - Practice in writing and editing articles for the campus newspaper.
ENGL 210 - Process of Writing - Examination of the relation between fiction and nonfiction; practice in principles common to all writing.
ENGL 211W - Introduction to Writing Studies - Students explore contemporary theories and issues about writing in order to understand writing as a skill and a complex object of study in various professional contexts.
ENGL 200 - Introduction to Critical Reading - Responses to a variety of literary texts written in English that evoke different approaches.
ENGL 212 - Introduction to Fiction Writing - Written exercises and short readings in the elements of fiction writing; the writing of at least one short story.
ENGL 213 - Introduction to Poetry Writing - Written exercises in the components and techniques of poetry writing in conjunction with selected readings.
CAS 214W - Speech Writing - Writing speeches for delivery in political, professional, and ceremonial contexts; emphasis on composition and language for persuasive purposes.
ENGL 215 - Introduction to Article Writing - Written exercises in, and a study of, the principles of article writing; practice in the writing of specific articles.
ENGL 221W - British Literature to 1798 - Introduction to literary history and analysis. Beowulf and writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Swift, Pope, and Fielding.
ENGL 222W - British Literature from 1798 - Introduction to literary history and analysis. Writers such as Austen, Wordsworth, Keats, Browning, Dickens, the Brontes, Yeats, Joyce, and Woolf.
ENGL 231W - American Literature to 1865 - Introduction to literary history and analysis.
Writers such as Bradstreet, Franklin, Emerson, Hawthorne, Douglass, Thoreau, Fuller, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.
ENGL 232W - American Literature from 1865 - Introduction to literary history and analysis. Writers such as Mark Twain, James, Cather, Frost, O'Neill, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hughes, and Morrison.
ENGL 250 - Peer Tutoring in Writing - Introduction to skills and attitudes required for successful peer tutoring in writing.
COMM 260W - News Writing and Reporting - News and news values; legal and ethical problems of reporting; writing and reporting news for the mass media.
CAS 283 - Communication and Information Technology I - Introduction to communication technology and information management; intended for students in the Liberal Arts.
COMM 320 - Introduction to Advertising - Advertising management in business, including communication theory; common industry practices; basics of copy, media, and budget decision; and environmental influences.
COMM 370 - Public Relations - Public understanding of organizations and institutions; identification and analysis of public; media relations; public relations practice.
ENGL 400 - Authors, Texts, Contexts-Styles, cultural milieus, critical perspectives toward particular English-language authors and/or movements they represent, and the idea of authorship.
ENGL 402 - Literature and Society – Texts confronting social, political, technological, or
other issues in the English-speaking world.
ENGL 403 - Literature and Culture-Historical, theoretical, and practical issues within cultural studies in relation to English-speaking texts.
ENGL 415 - Advanced Nonfiction - Advanced study of the principles of nonfiction; substantial practice in writing and submitting magazine articles for publication.
ENGL 416 - Science Writing - Prepares scientists and writers to gather, interpret, and present scientific information to the layman with clarity and accuracy.
ENGL 417 - The Editorial Process - The process of editing from typescript through final proof.
ENGL 418 - Advanced Technical Writing - Preparing and editing professional papers for subject specialists and for others interested in careers as writers or editors.
ENGL 419 - Advanced Business Writing - Preparing and editing reports and presentations common to business, industry, and government.
Engl 420 - Writing for the Web - Analysis and composition of informative, persuasive, and "creative" Web texts, based on rhetorical principles; no prior Web writing experience required. Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030
ENGL 421 - Advanced Expository Writing-Develops skill in writing expository essays, with particular attention to style. Intended for liberal arts majors.
ENGL 471 - Rhetorical Traditions - Introduces major traditions of rhetorical inquiry and their relevance for English studies.
ENGL 472 - Current Theories of Reading and Writing - Investigates models of textual production and reception current within English studies.
ENGL 473 - Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse - Practices the criticism of written texts from selected rhetorical perspectives.
ENGL 474 - Issues in Rhetoric and Composition - Examines selected topics in the field of rhetoric and composition.
ENGL 480 - Communication Design for Writers - This course explores visual design, non-verbal communication, and software packages used in professional settings to most effectively present written communications.
ENGL 483 - Problems in Critical Theory and Practice - Intensive study of one or more recent theoretical approaches as applied to British, American, and other English-language literary works.
ENGL 491- Capstone in Professional Writing - This culminating course for Professional Writing majors concentrates on reflective analyses, design, and presentation of documents in the development of professional portfolios.
ENGL 495 - Internship - This three credit internship requires at least ten hours per week at the designated site, plus completion of various academic projects.
- B.A. in Professional Writing
- Professional Writing Opportunities