Professional Writing

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Professional Writing Major

The Professional Writing program concentrates on technical and business writing, media studies, and writing in professional settings. Students build a foundation in writing for a variety of audiences, master language and writing skills, and develop their critical and analytical thinking.

Our professors have worked as professional or technical writers in the professional world. They bring real-world into the classroom. Professional writing students also complete a 75-hour internship.

A student with this degree could go on to a career in technical writing, communication, media, journalism, editing, design, business, or public relations. Alumni from our undergraduate program have worked as scientists, journalists, graphic designers, editors, authors, and web content managers.

Degree Requirements

In addition to completing the General Education and other university requirements, Professional Writing majors complete 45 credits as listed below. For more detail, see the ISU Undergraduate Catalog.

These links take you to the general education section of the undergraduate catalog and then the English and Philosophy section of the ISU undergraduate catalog respectively.

Download the English - Professional Writing Worksheet

These courses are required:

  • ENGL 2211 – Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 2280 – Grammar and Usage (3) OR ENGL 2281 – Introduction to Language Studies (3)
  • ENGL 3307 – Professional and Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3308 – Business Communication (3)
  • ENGL 3311 – Literary Criticism and Theory(3)
  • ENGL 4410 – Writing Internship (3)
  • ENGL 4491 – Senior Seminar in Professional Writing (3)
  • PHIL 2201 – Introduction to Logic (Satisfies General Education Objective 7) (3)

Select ONE of the following creative writing courses: (3)

  • ENGL 2206 – Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 3306 – Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop

 

Select THREE of the following writing, communication, and media courses: (9)

  • CMP 2231 – Introduction to Graphic Design OR CMP4436 – Advanced Issues in Design
  • CMP2251 – Introduction to Photography OR CMP 4457 – Advanced Photography
  • CMP 4487 – Rhetorical Theory
  • ENGL 4401 – Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 4407 – Topics in Professional Writing

Select ONE of the following survey courses: (3)

  • ENGL 2267 – Survey of British Literature I Beginnings through 18th Century
  • ENGL 2268 – Survey of British Literature II 19th Century to Present
  • ENGL 2277 – Survey of American Literature I Beginnings to 1860
  • ENGL 2278 – Survey of American Literature II 1860 to Present

Select ONE of the following genre study courses: (3)

  • ENGL 3321 – Genre Studies in Drama
  • ENGL 3322 – Genre Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL 3323 – Genre Studies in Fiction
  • ENGL 3324 – Genre Studies in Non-Fiction
  • ENGL 3327 – Special Topics in Genre

Select ONE of the following culture and language studies courses: (3)

  • ENGL 2212 – Introduction to Folklore and Oral Tradition (Satisfies General Education Objective 9)
  • ENGL 4480 – Varieties of American English
  • ENGL 4481 – Studies in Grammar
  • ENGL 4484 – Rotating Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL 4486 – Old English
  • ENGL 4487 – History of the English Language
  • ENGL 4488 – Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • ENGL 4490 – Topics in Folklore

Contact us:

Thomas Klein 

Director of English Undergraduate Studies

208-282-2893

Lydia Wilkes 

Director of Composition

208-282–2531

Amanda Christensen 

English & Philosophy Administrative Assistant

208-282–2478

 

Professional Writing Minor

With the Professional Writing minor, students develop greater mastery over the written language as well as enhanced critical thinking, reading, and analytic skills. Courses in the minor stress the practice of writing as well as grammar, language studies, composition, creative writing, and logic.

A minor in Professional Writing can help prepare students for careers in communication, education, law, marketing, professional and technical writing, public relations, or any field in which writing plays a role.

The minor combines well with many other majors, including the sciences, engineering, and health professions.

The minor is a total of 21 credits.

These courses are required:

  • ENGL 2280 – Grammar and Usage (3) OR ENGL 2281 – Introduction to Language Studies (3)
  • ENGL 3311 – Literary Criticism and Theory (prereq. ENGL 2211) (3)
  • ENGL 4487 – History of the English Language (3)

Plus four other courses from the following (at least two must be upper-division): (12)

  • ENGL 1107 – Nature of Language
  • ENGL 2206 – Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 3306 – Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 3307 – Professional and Technical Writing
  • ENGL 4401 – Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 4481 – Studies in Grammar
  • ENGL 4484 – Rotating Topics in Linguistics
  • PHIL 2201 – Introduction to Logic

Contact us:

Thomas Klein 
Director of English Undergraduate Studies
208-282-2893

Amanda Christensen
English & Philosophy Administrative Assistant
208-282–2478

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