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Writing Major with Disciplinary Specialization

Interested in a writing major? Then you are poised to enter a professional marketplace which recognizes the value of your specialized skill. Possible career tracks include advertising, public relations, lobbying, corporate publication development and journalism.

This major will also prepare you to pursue graduate work. The writing major is designed so you can have ample opportunity to either double major or pursue multiple minors – in order to be prepared for more specialized writing positions, such as science writing or computer/technical writing. Writing majors are required to complete an internship as part of your academic program.

Writing majors MUST complete your disciplinary specialization through:

  • A second major, other than journalism and mass communication; or
  • A minor, other than journalism and mass communication or writing.

The following is an overview of courses associated with our writing major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Writing Major Core Courses

  • ENG 240 Advanced Composition
  • JMC 200 Basic Reporting I
  • JMC 210 Basic Reporting II
  • JMC 230 Broadcast Writing
  • JMC 290 Newspaper Practicum
  • JMC 305 Publication Design
  • JMC 310 Editing
  • JMC 390 Internship
  • JMC 421 Mass Communication Law and Ethics

Complete three of the following courses:

  • ENG 245 Fiction Writing I
  • ENG 247 Poetry Writing II
  • ENG 249 Creative Non-Fiction Writing
  • ENG 251 Travel Writing

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 345 Fiction Writing II
  • ENG 347 Advanced Poetry II Writing

Complete two of the following courses:

  • JMC 290 Literary Journal Practicum
  • JMC 290 Newspaper Practicum
  • JMC 290 Broadcast/Video Practicum

Recommended Electives:

  • CS 116 Web Design and Development
  • ENG 145 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • JMC 240 Photography and Visual Communication

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