Writing and Journalism Courses

One (1) of the following writing or journalism courses:

ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
ENGL 282 Creative Writing
ENGL 283 Writing Poetry
ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 286 Professional Writing
ENGL 287 Writing about Science
ENGL 288 Writing Fiction
ENGL 331 News Writing
ENGL 333 Critical Writing
ENGL 335 Feature Writing
ENGL 371 Business Writing
ENGL 372 Technical Writing
ENGL 410 Seminar in Creative Writing
ENGL 411 Seminar in Prose Writing
ENGL 480 Seminar in Professional Writing

ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
An introduction to the profession of journalism providing historical background, basis for libel, and other fundamental, technical and legal knowledge for journalists. Students produce extensive writing in a variety of journalistic formats, such as news, features, and op/ed pieces. The course also investigates current issues in contemporary journalism by analyzing a wide range of newspapers.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
An introduction to effective persuasive writing for public audiences. Students study rhetorical principles and examples of persuasive writing and develop their own projects which may include op-ed columns, blog writing, and policy proposals. At least one project is sent directly to its intended public audience. Particular attention is paid to ethical rhetorical practices.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 282 Creative Writing
A study of the methods and techniques of creative writing, with emphasis on the variety of forms used in contemporary literature. Students are encouraged to experiment both in prose and poetry in order to develop new strategies to express their experiences and feelings. Students read manuscripts in class.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 283 Writing Poetry
A workshop in reading and writing poetry, with an emphasis on personal expression, free verse technique, and contemporary adaptations of traditional forms. Some attention is also given to techniques developed by contemporary poets for teaching poetry to children and adolescents.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
A study in writing non-fiction prose, including narration, description, and exposition, to help students improve their general ability to communicate experiences, observations, and thoughts.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 286 Professional Writing
A career-oriented course introducing students to a wide variety of writing formats used in business, government, and the professions. Assignments may include resumes, employment documents, letters and memos, short proposals, a variety of report formats, public relations and advertising documents, and basic technical writing. This course emphasizes drafting, critiquing, rewriting, and editing, as well as collaborative writing and presentation skills.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 287 Writing about Science
An introduction to writing about science, including writing for experts and lay audiences. Using models such as journal articles, white papers, and newspaper reports, students study principles of good writing about science and practice these in their own work. Projects may include proposals, reports, creative nonfiction, and scientific journalism. Particular attention is paid to collaboration and ethics.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 288 Writing Fiction
A workshop in reading and writing short fiction with an emphasis on writing from personal experience, use of traditional and contemporary forms, and developing narrative voice, characters, plot, and setting.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 331 News Writing
A rigorous examination of news writing with emphasis on accuracy, journalistic conventions, and deadlines. Students cover a variety of news events. The course explores the question “What is News?” and such issues as libel, privacy, the right to know, and freedom of information. May be used to fulfill the requirements for the English major.
Prerequisite: ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism. Students who have taken 21.331 Reporting of Public Affairs will not receive credit for this course.

ENGL 333 Critical Writing
An advanced writing course designed to foster theoretically informed textual analysis. The course includes extensive study of literary theory, research, and writing about a variety of works.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 and two literature courses.

ENGL 335 Feature Writing
A course which emphasizes writing the feature story for newspapers and magazines. This course develops the skills to recognize a news peg that can be expanded into a feature, and studies the growth in the use of features within print journalism.
Prerequisite: ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism.

ENGL 371 Business Writing
Designed to develop students’ abilities to address various business audiences. Projects may include newsletters, brochures, flyers, fact sheets, application articles, press kits, press releases, proposals, documented reports, speeches, and writing for the Web, as well as oral presentations including visual aids. Students study the ethics and problems of writing within business organizations, current computer graphics and electronic drafting, editing, and reviewing techniques. Students who have received credit for 21.471 Business Writing will not receive credit for this course.
Prerequisites: ENGL 286 Professional Writing or permission of instructor.

ENGL 372 Technical Writing
Designed to develop students’ abilities to produce representative technical documents. Projects may include instructions, proposals, technical reports, procedures, tutorials, usability tests, and support websites. Students are introduced to writing for technical and non-technical audiences, as well as to conventions of technical writing and the basics of editing appropriate to technical contexts. Students who have received credit for 21.472 Technical Writing will not receive credit for this course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 410 Seminar in Creative Writing
An advanced writing workshop, in which students will be encouraged to follow their own writing interests, particularly in long subjects. Reading and discussion of manuscripts.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

ENGL 411 Seminar in Prose Writing
An advanced writing workshop for students who already have had some experience in writing nonfiction, and who now wish to complete extended projects or work on new material. The course explores various types of creative nonfiction: biography and memoir, and writing about travel, food, nature, and society. Classes are devoted to discussion of student work and to some discussion of notable nonfiction.
Prerequisite: ENGL 284 Prose Writing or permission of instructor.

ENGL 480 Seminar in Professional Writing
An advanced workshop for students with experience in professional writing. Students undertake an extended project related to business or the professions, conduct research on targeted publications and markets, and submit their finished work for publication. Projects may include manuals, brochures, proposals, and websites.
Prerequisite: One writing course from the Professional Writing concentration or minor or permission of the instructor.

For Spring 2013

ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism

ENGL 282 Creative Writing

ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction

ENGL 286 Professional Writing

ENGL 333 Critical Writing

ENGL 335 Feature Writing

ENGL 372 Technical Writing

ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media (one-time approval)

ENGL 410 Seminar in Creative Writing

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