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Degrees and Requirements

English Studies: Professional Writing and Journalism

The writing curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in public relations, business communications and publications, advertising, writing, journalism and technical writing. To complete the professional writing major successfully, the following course work is required:

  • 39 credits of English Writing Component courses
  • 9 credits of Literature Component courses
  • 15 credits of Professional Companion courses
  • 15 Credits of Professional Focus credits selected in a discipline
  • 37 credits of CORE Curriculum courses
  • 6 credits of General Electives

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche University.

Professional Focus: 15 Credits

Consists of five courses chosen from the student's area of academic interest.

Summary of Requirements

English Writing Component: 39 credits

  • ENGL2029
    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

    ENGL2029
    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach students best practices in both written and oral business communication. Types of communications include: business letters, emails, reports, executive summaries, cover letters, resumes, PowerPoint presentations, and the job interview.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING

    ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Designed to apply the basic principles of communication to technical information so that the student can learn to present complex technical messages in the clearest possible way.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL2040
    CREATIVE WRITING

    ENGL2040
    CREATIVE WRITING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A course designed to stimulate writing in prose and poetry, with emphasis on readings and exercises in craft.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL3011
    READINGS IN CREATIVE NON-FICTION

    ENGL3011
    READINGS IN CREATIVE NON-FICTION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will provide students with a broad understanding and practical exposure to the craft of contemporary American creative nonfiction, sometimes called literary journalism. Students will read and respond to two anthologies and one book-length work, while acquiring the skills needed to produce their own creative nonfiction works. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • ENGL3031
    JOURNALISM I

    ENGL3031
    JOURNALISM I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is an introductory course in journalistic style and a variety of media formats. Students learn editing, interviewing and reporting skills. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3032
    JOURNALISM II

    ENGL3032
    JOURNALISM II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is an advanced course in newspaper writing, focusing primarily on the production of a variety of news stories. Special emphasis is placed on research, interviewing and advanced reporting skills. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3033
    AMERICAN ENG:ITS HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT

    ENGL3033
    AMERICAN ENG:ITS HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the linguistic evolution of the American English language from the older stages of English to current usage in the United States.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3034
    WRITING FOR ADVERTISING

    ENGL3034
    WRITING FOR ADVERTISING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach students how to write advertising copy that targets various audiences and employs multiple venues: print, radio, TV, and the internet. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3035
    WRITING FOR BROADCAST AND SOCIALMEDIA

    ENGL3035
    WRITING FOR BROADCAST AND SOCIALMEDIA

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A course designed to give students practice in the writing of copy for the broadcast media. Included is the writing of news and sports reports, commercials, features and documentaries, interview techniques, and mini-dramas.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012

  • ENGL3042
    WRITING FOR NON-PROFITS

    ENGL3042
    WRITING FOR NON-PROFITS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach the basic principles of public relations and grant writing for non-profit organizations, combining both theory and practice.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3064
    WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION

    ENGL3064
    WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course expands upon the material taught in Journalism I, Journalism II, and Readings in Creative Nonfiction by inviting students to produce multiple creative nonfiction pieces about, but not limited to, people, places, things, and personal essays.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL3031

  • ENGL4051

    ENGL4051

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR

    ENGL4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A review of methods of research, documentation and critical practice employed in literary scholarship, appropriate selected readings, oral and written presentation of a seminar paper and class evaluation of each paper presented. Students should have completed 18 English credits beyond ENGL1012 to be eligible. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

Literature Component: 9 credits

  • ENGL2010
    INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY

    ENGL2010
    INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This seminar introduces students majoring in each of the three English programs to the study of literature as an academic discipline. Key literary terms and concepts (genre, style, figurative language, poetics, etc.), central tenets of literary-critical analysis (multiple interpretive strategies, schools of theory, etc.), and basic methodologies of literary study (research techniques, MLA-style documentation, etc.) will be covered. The course will thus prepare English majors at an early point in their careers to enter into the habits of thought and practice characteristic of their chosen field.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1011(H)

  • ENGL2XXX

    ENGL2XXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL3XXX

    ENGL3XXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

Professional Companion: 15 credits

  • CMET3002
    NEW MEDIA AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

    CMET3002
    NEW MEDIA AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course deals with the evolution of technology and the use of communications technology for business, entertainment and information. Through readings, discussion, group work and hands-on experience the class examines the social, cultural and economic aspects of communication technology.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL3051
    PUBLICATION DESIGN (GCDN3051)

    ENGL3051
    PUBLICATION DESIGN (GCDN3051)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course combines the two elements that result in publication: writing and layout. Intended for prospective designers as well as writers, the course will educate students in how words and images work together; functional art in action; font and publication personalities; logo design; newspaper and magazine design; public service publications; newsletters; and the art of popular culture. Cross-listed with GCDN3051.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • ENGL4035
    PORTFOLIO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP

    ENGL4035
    PORTFOLIO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will teach senior Professional Writing and Journalism majors how to produce a professional portfolio of their work within an eight-week workshop format.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • GCDN1025
    FUND. OF ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING

    GCDN1025
    FUND. OF ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will prepare students not majoring in graphic design to work in a creative team environment toward the production of digital communication materials and graphics, and will introduce students to the web as a design vehicle for publishing and advertising.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • GCDN2016
    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    GCDN2016
    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore digital capture and handling of photographs enabling the student to master the technical aspects of digital image capture. Students will learn techniques for editing and enhancing photographs, become familiar with photography’s various roles: art form, journalism, advertising and will produce a portfolio of quality color and black and white prints from digital files. This course is for design majors only.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • MRKT2021
    MARKETING MANAGEMENT (ADMG2021)

    MRKT2021
    MARKETING MANAGEMENT (ADMG2021)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A basic study of marketing systems in the American economy. This course includes, identifying the activities involved in the flow of goods among manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers. The nature of demand, buyer behavior, costs and pricing, sales strategies, promotions and techniques are presented.Cross-listed with ADMG2021|

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