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The minor in Professional Writing is intended to prepare students from all degree programs within the Berks Campus (with the exception of the major in Professional Writing) to write effectively in a variety of workplace and academic settings. Hands-on, practical courses draw upon the strategies and techniques of practicing writers outside and inside 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. 18 credits are required for the Minor in Professional Writing. Students may not count courses used to satisfy General Education Writing/Speaking Skills. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits
     
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing
       
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
               
PRESCRIBED COURSES: (3 credits)        
               
Engl 210 or Engl 211W      
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X
X
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ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from the following list:
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
Engl 110*   Newspaper Writing Practicum  
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 X
Engl 215   Introduction to Article Writing  
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 X
Engl 250   Peer Tutoring in Writing  
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 X
X
X
Engl 415   Advanced Nonfiction  
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 X
X
X
Engl 416   Science Writing  
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 X
X
X
Engl 417   Editorial Process  
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X
X
Engl 418   Advanced Technical Writing  
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X
X
Engl 419   Advanced Business Writing  
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X
X
Engl 420   Writing for the Web  
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X
X
Engl 421   Advanced Expository Writing  
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 X
X
X
Engl 471   Rhetorical Traditions  
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X
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Engl 472   Current Theories of Reading and Writing  
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X
X
Engl 473   Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse  
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 X 
X
Engl 480 Communication Design for Writers

X

X

CAS 214W   Speech Writing  
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 X
X
X
COMM 260W   News Writing and Reporting  
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 X
X
X
               
* English 110 may be taken three times for a maximum of six credits.

Students interested in applying for this minor should print and complete the Entrance to Minor Form located at:
http://www.registrar.psu.edu/student_forms/entrancetominor.pdf

This form must be signed by your major adviser at Penn State Berks.


Information on the Professional Writing major offered at Penn State Berks.

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